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CA Cancer J Clin. 1987 Sep-Oct;37(5):302-20.

Metabolic oncologic emergencies.

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  • 1Hematology-Oncology Section, University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center, Philadelphia.


With improvements in antitumor therapy, it is important to recognize life-threatening metabolic emergencies that may be reversed by prompt treatment. Accurate diagnosis and treatment of metabolic emergencies may both improve quality of life and increase survival, allowing more oncology patients to receive an adequate trial of definitive therapy designed to eradicate or palliate their disease.

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