Title

Dyspnoea in Palliative Medicine

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

980

Comments

This article was originally published as: Chan, V. (2001). Dyspnoea in Palliative Medicine. The Hong Kong Practitioner 23. Pages 100-106. Original article available here

Abstract

Dyspnoea, common in advanced cancer patients, has many causes. Specific treatment of the cause is more effective than non-specific treatment alone. Detailed assessment for the cause is therefore mandatory. Morphine is the drug of choice for symptomatic relief of dyspnoea. Other respiratory sedatives, such as promethazine and chlorpromazine are helpful. Anxiolytics are given to anxious patients. Oxygen is helpful in certain conditions only. Non-drug management is equally important. Refractory dyspnoea in terminal stage can be managed by heavy sedation.