Supportive Care for Hypercalcemia
Key Points for This Section
- Prevent and manage side effects of therapy, such as getting too much fluid.
- Protect from injury caused by confusion.
- Prevent fractures by being gentle.
- Help with walking and other weight bearing exercises.
- Control pain, nausea, vomiting, and constipation.
Supportive care can also comfort family members who may become upset by the changes hypercalcemia causes in their loved one's thinking and behavior.
Hypercalcemia can affect your quality of life and be life threatening if not treated right away. You and your caregiver should learn the symptoms to look for and report them to your doctor as soon as they occur. Staying active and drinking plenty of fluids will help prevent hypercalcemia. See the Symptoms of Hypercalcemia section for hypercalcemia symptoms.