Coping with Shortness of Breath (Dyspnoea) in Childhood Cancer
Symptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.
Dyspnoea is a feeling of breathlessness that can be experienced by many people with advanced cancer or those with earlier-stage cancers who have other conditions that affect the heart or lungs. Distinct sensations include effort/work, chest tightness, and air hunger (the feeling of not enough oxygen).
Dyspnoea is a normal symptom of heavy exertion but becomes pathological if it occurs in unexpected situations. In 85% of cases it is due to asthma, pneumonia, cardiac ischemia, interstitial lung disease, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or psychogenic causes such as panic disorder and anxiety.
An individual with a potentially life-threatening blood clot or other emergency, for example, may experience Dyspnoea. It is important to inform your child’s doctor immediately should your child experience any symptoms of Dyspnoea.
While shortness of breath is generally caused by disorders of the Cardiac or Respiratory system, other systems such as Neurological, Musculoskeletal, Endocrine, Hematologic, and Psychiatric may be the cause.
The most common cardiovascular causes are acute myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure while common pulmonary causes include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Asthma, Pneumothorax, Pulmonary Oedema and Pneumonia.
Dyspnoea may also be caused by a tumour or by other conditions related to cancer, and many of these causes are treatable.
Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Dyspnoea on our static page, Shortness of Breath (Dyspnoea) in Childhood Cancer
Posted on 8 July, 2016, in Blog, Cancer Treatments and tagged cancer, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, Dyspnoea, Fighting Cancer, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, side effects. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.