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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 403--406

High prevalence of dyspnea in lung cancer: An observational study


1 Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Arunangshu Ghoshal
MB-G-75, Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Centre, Dr. E Borges' Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_64_19

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Introduction: Dyspnea is a subjective, multidimensional experience of breathing discomfort, commonly seen in patients with advanced cancer. This study is a secondary analysis to seek the clinical prevalence of dyspnea on a subset of patients with lung cancer. Improving the quality of life (QoL) in dyspnea requires aggressive symptom management, which in turn entails a detailed understanding of its symptomatology. Materials and Methods: This was a subset analysis of lung cancer patients of a prospective observational study done over 6 months from April to September 2014 at the Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Centre (Mumbai). Results and Conclusions: About 71.43% of the patients with advanced lung cancer experienced dyspnea. Dyspnea increased with worsening fatigue, anxiety, appetite, and well-being. Patients described it as an increased sense of effort for breathing, and it lowered the QoL substantially.






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