Management of Gastrointestinal Symptoms

  • Jacob J. Lokich


Gastrointestinal symptoms are among the most common and the most distressing for patients with cancer. Symptoms may be secondary to inflammatory lesions from the esophagus to the anus and may range from anorexia with nausea and vom­iting to diarrhea, constipation, obstipation, and tenesmus. The broad range of gastrointestinal symptomatology may be a di­rect consequence of the tumor or a secondary effect due to treatment of the tumor. In some instances the gastrointestinal symptoms may be secondary to an unrelated clinical disease such as infection, hepatitis, peptic ulceration, or diverticulitis.


Gastrointestinal Symptom Gastrointestinal Effect Antiemetic Therapy Local Obstruction Accessory Organ 
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© G. K. Hall & Co. 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob J. Lokich
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  1. 1.Sidney Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Medicine, New England Deaconess HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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