Trends in cancer pain management
Chinyanga, H. M.
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Background: Pain is a prevalent symptom in cancer patients, affecting up to 50% of patients undergoing active cancer treatment and up to 90% of those with advanced disease. Although adequate relief can be achieved in the majority of cancer patients, pain is often treated inadequately in traditional settings and sometimes even under the management of more specialised units. In this review the authors use their experience and that of others to review the evaluation and diagnosis of pain syndromes and the principles of management. This is in keeping with increasing recognition by bodies such as the World Health Organization and other governmental agencies who have recognised the importance of pain management as part of routine cancer care. Conducting a comprehensive assessment, competently providing analgesic drugs, and communicating with the patient and family allow effective management of pain in the cancer patient
Full Text LinksBhagat, K. & Chinyanga, H. M. (2000). Trends in cancer pain management. Central African Journal of Medicine. 46 (2), 46-53.
University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences