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Adjuvant therapy in pain control

CICELY SAUNDERS, MARY BAINES and ROBERT DUNLOP

in Living with Dying

Third edition

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780192625144
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730009 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192625144.003.0004
Adjuvant therapy in pain control

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This chapter examines the use of adjuvant therapy in the management of pain in terminally ill patients. It explains that analgesics are sometimes not enough to relieve the pain in some patients and that radiotherapy and nerve blocks are usually indicated for patients experiencing higher levels of pain. The chapter discusses the concept of palliative radiotherapy, anaesthetic techniques for pain control, and adjuvant analgesic drugs.

Keywords: adjuvant therapy; pain management; terminally ill; analgesics; radiotherapy; nerve blocks; anaesthetic techniques

Chapter.  1894 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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