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Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2002 Jun;16(3):579-88, viii.

Fever and sweats in the patient with advanced cancer.

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  • 1Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe, Box 8, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


Fever and sweats are common complications of cancer and its treatment. This article reviews potential causes and pathophysiologic mechanisms of fever and sweat. Management recommendations, consisting of primary interventions directed at contributing causes and pathophysiologic mechanisms, and non-specific palliative measures are discussed. Optimal management is contingent on the physician's integration of medical expertise with patient-derived goals of care.

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