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Semin Oncol Nurs. 1999 Aug;15(3):183-9.

Superior vena cava syndrome.

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Section of Medical Oncology, Rush Cancer Institute, Rush Presbyterian St Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To provide a review of the treatment and nursing management of superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS).

DATA SOURCES:

Review articles, research studies, and book chapters.

CONCLUSIONS:

SVCS is primarily associated with small cell lung cancer. It usually has a chronic, insidious onset, but may present acutely with laryngeal or cerebral edema. Radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery, thrombolysis, and interventional radiology have provided effective treatment.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Management of the patient with SVCS includes recognition of high-risk patients and initial symptomatology, accurate assessments, appropriate therapies, psychosocial support, and education regarding recurrent SVCS.

PMID:
10461703
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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