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Turkish Journal of Cancer
2005, Volume 35, Number 4, Page(s) 177-180
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Frequency of symptoms in patients with advanced cancer
BÜLENT YALÇIN, ABDULLAH BÜYÜKÇELİK, FİLİZ ÇAY ŞENLER, GÜNGÖR UTKAN, İBRAHİM TEK, MUTLU DOĞAN, HATİCE DORUK, AHMET DEMİRKAZIK, HAKAN AKBULUT, FİKRİ İÇLİ
Ankara University Medical School, Department of Medical Oncology, Ankara-Turkey

In advanced cancer, aggressive palliative care remains inadequate. We aimed to determine frequency of symptoms in patients with advanced cancer who were admitted to outpatient clinic of medical oncology at least two times for treatment or follow up, by using a questionnaire. Total 236 consecutive patients with various advanced cancer were recruited to this study. The median age of patients was 53 years (range, 17-84 years) and female/male ratio was 103/133. The most frequent symptoms were fatigue (71%), irritation (50.4%), pain (45.1%), anorexia (45.1%), nausea (45.1%), xerostomia (42.1%), distress (41.5%), weight loss (39.4%), cough/sputum (37.7%), constipation (36%), tastelessness (35.2%), forgetfulness (32.6%), vertigo (30.9%), and insomnia (30%) in all of patients. In conclusion, this study is informative about the frequency of symptoms in advanced cancer patients. [Turk J Cancer 2005;35(4):177- 180].

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