Bitros BS. Advocating for Management of Cancer Pain. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2007;107(suppl_7):ES4–ES8. doi: .
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Management of cancer pain is still a significant problem in healthcare today despite the fact that such discomfort can be controlled in approximately 90% of patients. Emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual suffering associated with this disease complicates the problem. Guidelines issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality address management of cancer pain. Pain intensity scales, complementary and alternative methods, and the role of an interdisciplinary care team, as well as a need to provide spiritual support to both patient and family, are included in this discussion. A case vignette describes management of cancer pain in a typical patient admitted to hospice.
“Freedom from pain should be seen as the right of every cancer patient and access to pain therapy as a measure of respect for this right.” —World Health Organization 1
“Freedom from pain should be seen as the right of every cancer patient and access to pain therapy as a measure of respect for this right.”
—World Health Organization 1
A primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.12
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