The management of cancer pain

Authors

  • Judith A. Paice PhD, RN,

    1. Director, Cancer Pain Program, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
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  • Betty Ferrell PhD, RN

    Corresponding author
    1. Professor and Research Scientist, Division of Nursing Research and Education, Department of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
    • Division of Nursing Research and Education, Department of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, City of Hope, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010
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  • DISCLOSURES: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Abstract

The experience of pain in cancer is widely accepted as a major threat to quality of life, and the relief of pain has emerged as a priority in oncology care. Pain is associated with both the disease as well as treatment, and management is essential from the onset of early disease through long-term survivorship or end-of-life care. Effective relief of pain is contingent upon a comprehensive assessment to identify physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects and as a foundation for multidisciplinary interventions. Fortunately, advances in pain treatment and in the field of palliative care have provided effective treatments encompassing pharmacological, cognitive-behavioral, and other approaches. The field of palliative care has emphasized that attention to symptoms such as pain is integral to quality cancer care. CA Cancer J Clin 2011. © 2011 American Cancer Society, Inc.

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