Terminal Bleeding in Angiosarcoma.
Journal of palliative medicine
angiosarcoma; bleeding; complications; management
INTRODUCTION: Terminal bleeding, a distressing symptom experience for patients, caregivers, and health professionals, occurs in a subset of patients in the palliative care setting. Terminal bleeding is often thought of as a large-volume catastrophically fatal event, but it can also occur for a longer period of time and still be the precipitating event for a patient's death.
CASE REPORT: We present the case of terminal bleeding in an 87-year-old patient with angiosarcoma, a rare aggressive vascular neoplasm that can occur anywhere in the body but tend to occur more frequently in the head and neck.
DISCUSSION: The patient's advanced age and aggressive disease presented challenges in managing the symptoms and precluded many of the conventional recommended interventions to manage bleeding.
CONCLUSION: This case report speaks to the need for multidisciplinary planning that takes prognosis, performance status, previous therapies, and patient preferences into account when caring for patients with advanced cancer.
Neurosciences (Brain & Spine)
Mini Gill, Jaya; Madden, Brian; Frost, Janice; Crane-Okada, Rebecca; Hulsman, Robert L; Elliott, Kristen; and Saria, Marlon G, "Terminal Bleeding in Angiosarcoma." (2019). Articles, Abstracts, and Reports. 1263.