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This chapter in Cancer Concepts: A Guidebook for the Non-Oncologist presents a discussion of the risks to cancer patients for oncologic and metabolic crises. These effects may be caused by the cancer, the treatment provided to cure or palliate the cancer, and/or other medical conditions. They may occur at initial presentation, as a first sign of disease or during the disease course. Oncologists divide these crises into emergencies and urgencies, depending on the severity of the consequences of delay in treatment. Every health care provider should be aware of the signs and symptoms of oncologic urgencies and emergencies and initial management.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
oncology, cancer, emergencies, urgencies
Emergency Medicine | Neoplasms | Oncology
Pieters RS, Rosenfeld J, Chen A, Liebmann J. Oncologic emergencies and urgencies. In: Pieters RS, Liebmann J, eds. Cancer Concepts: A Guidebook for the Non-Oncologist. Worcester, MA: University of Massachusetts Medical School; 2015. doi: 10.7191/cancer_concepts.1010.
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