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Dyspnoea in Advanced Disease: A guide to clinical management

Sara Booth and Deborah Dudgeon


Dyspnoea (breathlessness) is an uncomfortable awareness of breathing that occurs in approximately 30–75% of terminal cancer patients. It is one of the most distressing symptoms for both patients and family members and can seriously impact on quality of life. Typically, dyspnoea is associated with congestive heart failure, end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or lung cancer. This book provides palliative care doctors and specialist nurses with practical guidelines to help manage and treat patients with breathlessness. It includes the science behind the symptom in an attempt to expla ... More

Keywords: dyspnoea, breathlessness, terminal cancer, heart failure, pulmonary disease, lung cancer, palliative care, practical guidelines, pathology

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198530039
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Booth, editor
Macmillan Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Lead Clinician in Palliative Care, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Palliative Care and Policy, Kings College, London, UK

Deborah Dudgeon, editor
W Ford Connell Professor of Palliative Care Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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1 The genesis of breathlessness What do we understand?

Douglas Beach, and Richard M. Schwartzstein

2 Multidimensional assessment of dyspnea

Virginia Carrieri-Kohlman, and Deborah Dudgeon

3 Breathlessness in heart failure

David P. Dutka, and Miriam J. Johnson

4 Dyspnea in chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder

Michelle M. Peters, and Denis E. Oʼdonnell

6 Breathlessness in neurological disease

Fliss Murtagh, Rachel Burman, and Polly Edmonds

9 Pulmonary rehabilitation

Nha Voduc, Katherine Webb, and Denis E. OʼDonnell

10 Surgical interventions to improve dyspnoea

Andrew J. Drain, and Francis C. Wells

11 Non-pharmacological approaches

Virginia Carrieri-Kohlman

12 Oxygen in the palliation of breathlessness

Anna Spathis, Rosemary Wade, and Sara Booth

14 A palliative approach to the breathless patient

Sara Booth, and Deborah Dudgeon

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