The symptoms of advanced cancer.

  title={The symptoms of advanced cancer.},
  author={Sin{\'e}ad Donnelly and Declan Walsh},
  journal={Seminars in oncology},
  volume={22 2 Suppl 3},
The incidence and mortality of cancer are increasing. In advanced cancer when cure is impossible, symptoms should be the focus of attention. We review our recent prospective studies on symptom prevalence and severity in 1,000 patients with advanced cancer. Advanced cancer patients are polysymptomatic. Symptom prevalence differs with age, gender, and cancer site. The pattern of gastrointestinal symptoms is related to gender and severe weight loss. Specific symptoms are associated with reduced… CONTINUE READING