How is it living with Superior Vena Cava Syndrome?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jul 25, 2011

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Social Considerations of Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

Superior vena cava syndrome is serious and the symptoms can be upsetting to the patient and family. It is important that patients and family members receive information about the causes of superior vena cava syndrome and how to treat it. This can help relieve anxiety over symptoms such as swelling, trouble swallowing, coughing, and hoarseness.


When a patient has chosen not to receive aggressive treatment because of terminal cancer, palliative treatment can help keep the patient comfortable by relieving symptoms. Patients and family members can be taught how to provide palliative care to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.



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