The symptoms of advanced lung cancer in terminal stage

Keisuke Aoe, Keiichi Fujiwara, Hideki Katayama, Tadashi Maeda, Shouta Yuzurio, Kazushi Takao, Kiyoshi Makihata, Kazuo Murakami, Michihiko Moriyama, Ryosuke Eda, Hiroyasu Takeyama

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Symptoms of 63 advanced lung cancer patients who died in National Sanyo Hospital were studied during their terminal stage. Median age was 71 years old and only 41% of all patients received best supportive care. The most common symptoms were anorexia (92%), dyspnea (91%), general fatigue (86%), constipation (68%), pain (65%), insomnia (65%), and rattling (57%). Anorexia and pain were most frequent at 14 days before death, and dyspnea was most frequent at 7 days before death. Dyspnea and pain were observed in 30% of all patients on the day of death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-542
Number of pages4
JournalIRYO - Japanese Journal of National Medical Services
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Lung cancer
  • Palliative care medicine
  • Terminal stage

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  • Medicine(all)


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