Journal article

Intensive Care Practice in the Cancer Patient Population: Special Considerations and Challenges

JN Darvall, T Byrne, N Douglas, JR Anstey

Current Anesthesiology Reports | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Purpose of Review: As the modern era of cancer treatment improves survival for patients, intensive care units (ICUs) play an increasing role in their management to support patients during cancer therapy. This review seeks to summarise some important changes and persisting challenges in the care of this complex patient group. Recent Findings: Technological advances and improvements in overall cancer treatment have challenged historical approaches to suitability for admission and provision of ICU support. In particular, old paradigms (such as not admitting hematological malignancy patients to the ICU for mechanical ventilation) no longer apply in the modern era. Improved peri-operative care an..

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