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Management of malignant pleural effusions.

Department of Pulmonary Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
Advances in Therapy (Impact Factor: 2.44). 06/2010; 27(6):334-47. DOI: 10.1007/S12325-010-0031-8
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ABSTRACT Malignant pleural effusions are a common clinical problem in patients with primary thoracic malignancy and metastatic malignancy to the thorax. Symptoms can be debilitating and can impair tolerance of anticancer therapy. This article presents a comprehensive review of pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical approaches to the management of malignant pleural effusion, and a novel algorithm for management based on patients' performance status.

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