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Managing Symptoms of Advanced Cancer

Last updated 4 years ago

Painful symptoms often accompany advanced cancer, but help is available. At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, our cancer care team is dedicated to offering compassionate support to patients in all stages of their cancer treatments, as well as their families. Although cancer patients all experience different symptoms depending on where their cancers are located, the following overview may be helpful in explaining how some common advanced cancer symptoms can be addressed.

Stomach Discomfort

If cancer spreads to the digestive system, patients may experience abdominal pain, nausea, and cramping. Diarrhea and constipation are also possible. Treating the cancer itself can alleviate some of these symptoms, but treating the specific cause of the symptom can also help. For instance, cancer sometimes leads to a painful bowel obstruction, which can be treated surgically. If fluid build-up around the stomach is causing the issue, drainage can help.

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is a common cancer symptom, particularly when the cancer is in the lungs. Oxygen therapy can be very helpful if you’re dealing with shortness of breath. If a fluid build-up around the lungs is restricting your ability to breathe, diuretics can relieve some of the pressure. Anemia, which is a very common side effect of cancer treatment, can also cause shortness of breath. Blood transfusions can help. If your shortness of breath is making you anxious, talk to your doctor about medications that can help ease your stress.

Skin Infections

Skin cancers and being restricted to bed in advanced cancer cases can lead to skin sores and infections. These can be very painful and may become infected quickly, so talk to your cancer care team right away if you see symptoms of skin issues. Antibiotics can help control skin infections.

Let Doctors Hospital of Sarasota help you through all parts of your cancer care plan. We offer diagnostic and treatment services for many different types of cancer. You can learn more about all of our hospital services, including our emergency room and orthopedic care program, by calling (888) 685-1596. 


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