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Cancer and the Cardiopulmonary System

Raymond Harris, MD
JAMA. 1985;253(1):85. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350250093035.
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It is important to keep abreast of new developments in the treatment of cancer and to be familiar with the cardiotoxic effects of the numerous effective chemotherapeutic agents that are now available to extend the life of the patient with cancer and even cure some types of cancer. This small monograph provides such help by concisely discussing the current methods of cardiopulmonary testing, diagnosis, drug administration, perioperative evaluation, management of cardiopulmonary problems common to patients with cancer, potentially toxic effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy on the cardiopulmonary system, cardiac and mediastinal tumors, cardiopulmonary syndromes, and cardiopulmonary emergencies.

Not only does this book focus on the scientific aspects of cancer and the cardiopulmonary system, but it also deals with the art of care, which must not be overlooked in treating seriously ill patients with cancer. The patient dying of cancer belongs in an environment designed to provide as much comfort as


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