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Pruritus in Advanced Disease$
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Zbigniew Zylicz, Robert Twycross, and E. Anthony Jones

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525103

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525103.001.0001

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Pruritus accompanying solid tumours

Pruritus accompanying solid tumours

(p.97) 8 Pruritus accompanying solid tumours
Pruritus in Advanced Disease

Małgorzata Krajnik

Zbigniew Zylicz

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses pruritus that accompanies solid tumours. This is considered to be an uncommon symptom, but it can complicate malignant diseases in four different ways. Pruritus can be a consequence of tumour growth, a complication of treatment, secondary to cholestasis, or caused by brain tumours. The first two complications are discussed in detail, as are how to recognize patterns and treat pruritus caused by cancer. Paroxetine is considered to be the drug of choice for symptomatic treatment of pruritus-complicating cancer.

Keywords:   solid tumours, malignant diseases, tumour growth, complication of treatment, brain tumours, recognizing patterns, treatment of pruritus, paroxetine, symptomatic treatment

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