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Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 1996 Feb;10(1):235-59.

Psychiatric emergencies in terminally ill cancer patients.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, USA.


Delirium, depression, suicidal ideation, and severe anxiety are among the most commonly occurring psychiatric complications encountered in cancer pain patients. When severe, these disorders require as urgent and aggressive attention as do other distressing physical symptoms, such as escalating pain. Early diagnosis and treatment can result in effective management of these psychiatric emergencies.

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