Cancer and its treatment can cause a wide range of metabolic problems:

♦ Hypercalcaemia

♦ Hyponatraemia

♦ Hyperkalaemia

♦ Renal tubular dysfunction

♦ Hyperglycaemia

♦ Hypoglycaemia

The early symptoms of biochemical abnormalities may be subtle and easily confused with those of the underlying disease process. However, they undoubtedly adversely affect quality of life and, when severe, may be life-threatening and present as an oncological emergency.

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