Dyspnoea in Palliative Medicine
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Nursing and Public Health
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.