Open the doors of the ICU to patients with malignancies and neurological complications

Piagnerelli, Michael; Legros, Benjamin
February 2010
Intensive Care Medicine;Feb2010, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p190
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the debate related to the admission of patients with malignancies and neurological complications into intensive care units (ICU). It says that although advancements have been made in the early diagnosis, supportive care and treatment of cancer patients, whether cancer patients should be admitted to the ICU is still a matter of debate. The author also discusses a medical research which reported a decrease in hospital mortality of patients admitted to ICU with malignancies.


Related Articles

  • Validation of four prognostic scores in patients with cancer admitted to Brazilian intensive care units: results from a prospective multicenter study. Soares, Márcio; Silva, Ulisses V. A.; Teles, José M. M.; Silva, Eliézer; Caruso, Pedro; Lobo, Suzana M. A.; Dal Pizzol, Felipe; Azevedo, Luciano P.; de Carvalho, Frederico B.; Salluh, Jorge I. F. // Intensive Care Medicine;Jul2010, Vol. 36 Issue 7, p1188 

    The aim of the present study was to validate the Simplified Acute Physiology Score II (SAPS II) and 3 (SAPS 3), the Mortality Probability Models III (MPM0-III), and the Cancer Mortality Model (CMM) in patients with cancer admitted to several intensive care units (ICU). Prospective multicenter...

  • Patients with advanced lung cancer harboring oncogenic mutations should be admitted to intensive care units. Toffart, Anne-Claire; Dhalluin, Xavier; Girard, Nicolas; Chouaid, Christos; Audigier-Valette, Clarisse; Duruisseaux, Michaël; Mennecier, Bertrand; Parrot, Antoine; Fournel, Pierre; Moro-Sibilot, Denis; Timsit, Jean-François // Intensive Care Medicine;Jan2015, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p164 

    The article discusses a study which compared mortality in present and previous studies of lung cancer patients. Topics discussed include histological diagnosis of the patients used in the current study, the most common reason for intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and the finding on the...

  • Cancer survivorship: living with or beyond cancer. Davies, Nicola J. // Cancer Nursing Practice;Sep2009, Vol. 8 Issue 7, p29 

    An estimated two million people in the UK are living with or beyond cancer -- they are cancer 'survivors'. The disease is no longer a death sentence but a chronic condition for many people. As a result, many people are living with the long-term physical and psychosocial implications of cancer...

  • Prognostic Factors and Utility of Scoring Systems in Patients with Hematological Malignancies Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and Required a Mechanical Ventilator. Nishida, Katsufumi; Palalay, Melvin P. // Hawaii Medical Journal;Oct2008, Vol. 67 Issue 10, p264 

    Rationale: Mortality of patients with hematological malignancy requiring mechanical ventilation is high. Neither early prognostic indicators nor scoring systems that discriminate survivors from non-survivors to aid in end-of-life decision making have been identified. Objective: To assess the...

  • Impact of neutropenia on the outcomes of critically ill patients with cancer: a matched case–control study. Souza-Dantas, V. C.; Salluh, J. I. F.; Soares, M. // Annals of Oncology;Sep2011, Vol. 22 Issue 9, p2094 

    Background: The prognostic effect of neutropenia in cancer patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) was addressed exclusively in cohort studies with conflicting results. Our aim was to address this question using a matched case–control study.Patients and methods: Ninety-four...

  • DENYING DEATH. Brown, Teneille R. // Arizona Law Review;2015, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p977 

    Terminal cancer patients are being kept in the dark about the purpose of their care. Several studies show that these patients undergo expensive and painful interventions because they are holding out hope for a cure, even when their physicians know that a cure is very unlikely. The current...

  • Patient diaries: can they offer psychological help to cancer patients? Hayes, Angela; Kelly, Alison // Cancer Nursing Practice;Jul2008, Vol. 7 Issue 6, p25 

    Patient diaries have been successfully used in intensive care units (ICUs) to assist rehabilitation by addressing problems such as memory loss, nightmares and flashbacks that make recovery long and protracted. Many patients in our oncology critical care unit (CCU) experience similar problems to...

  • Potential Treatment Options After First-Line Chemotherapy for Advanced NSCLC: Maintenance Treatment or Early Second-Line? GRIDELLI, CESARE; MAIONE, PAOLO; ROSSI, ANTONIO; FERRARA, MARIANNA LUCIANA; BARESCHINO, MARIA ANNA; SCHETTINO, CLORINDA; SACCO, PAOLA CLAUDIA; CIARDIELLO, FORTUNATO // Oncologist;Feb2009, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p137 

    Although substantial progress has been made in the therapeutic options currently available for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the overall survival profile remains poor for most patients. One of the strategies currently under investigation with the aim of prolonging...

  • Outcome after esophagectomy for cancer of the esophagus and GEJ in patients aged over 75 years. Internullo, Eveline; Moons, Johnny; Nafteux, Philippe; Coosemans, Willy; Decker, Georges; De Leyn, Paul; Van Raemdonck, Dirk; Lerut, Toni // European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;Jun2008, Vol. 33 Issue 6, p1096 

    Abstract: Objective: Though the surgical treatment of esophageal cancer is increasingly accepted for elderly people defined as aged over 70 years, less is reported about the results in patients over 75. This study is a single institution retrospective analysis of outcome after esophagectomy for...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics