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Adv Ther. 2010 Jun;27(6):334-47. doi: 10.1007/S12325-010-0031-8. Epub 2010 Jun 10.

Management of malignant pleural effusions.

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  • 1Department of Pulmonary Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.

Abstract

Malignant pleural effusions are a common clinical problem in patients with primary thoracic malignancy and metastatic malignancy to the thorax. Symptoms can be debilitating and can impair tolerance of anticancer therapy. This article presents a comprehensive review of pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical approaches to the management of malignant pleural effusion, and a novel algorithm for management based on patients' performance status.

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