The term Oncologic Emergencies is used for defining the collective range of complications that arise from cancer and require immediate medical attention. There are various forms of the same including Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy and Tumor Lysis Syndrome with symptoms ranging from excessive bleeding, organ failure, trouble in breathing, etc.
HOW IS ONCOLOGIC EMERGENCIES DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the condition is done by the oncologist or the general physician, based on the physical examination as well as lab tests and other methods like ultrasound. Various scans like CT scan, MRI scan and others can also be used for effective diagnosis of the problem and its cause.
HOW IS ONCOLOGIC EMERGENCIES TREATED?
Treatment options would depend upon the type of emergency but blood tests and monitoring electrolyte levels and vital signs are important in dealing with the condition quickly and effectively.
DID YOU KNOW?
Death and mortality rates for such complications are very high and aggressive supportive measures have to be implemented. Delay here could result in death along with permanent damage to some organs of the body.