High prevalence of dyspnea in lung cancer: An observational study

Anuja Damani, Arunangshu Ghoshal, Naveen Salins, M. Muckaden, Jayita Deodhar

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-406
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Palliative Care
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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