Position of Appetite and Nausea in Symptom Clusters in Palliative Radiation Therapy

Authored by: Selina Chow , Vithusha Ganesh , Carlo DeAngelis , Caitlin Yee , Henry Lam , Akanksha Kulshreshtha , Edward Chow

Handbook of Nutrition and Diet in Palliative Care

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138064072
eBook ISBN: 9781315160627
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315160627-23

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Abstract

Symptom clusters are a way of categorically organizing symptoms that occur together as a result of a specific disease and/or as a result of the treatment of that disease. Advanced cancer patients often present with multiple concurrent symptoms that may have a synergistic effect on patient morbidity. Previous research in oncology has suggested that certain symptoms tend to occur together, stay relatively stable over time and remain independent of other symptoms, with or without a shared etiology. In order to better appreciate the symptomatology of advanced cancer, it is important to understand how symptoms develop and interact with one another so that they can be more appropriately managed.

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