Tumour-associated problems: pain

Peter Hoskin and Wendy Makin

in Oncology for Palliative Medicine

Second edition

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780192628114
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730115 | DOI:
Tumour-associated problems: pain

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Cancer is often perceived as a life-threatening illness associated with severe and intractable pain. For most patients, pain is a powerful reminder of his or her disease, which in the latter stages will become more threatening and harder to bear if the symptoms become worse. Adding to the pain is the emotional and spiritual distress brought about by the disease. Pain can be managed; however, controlling pain requires proper administration of analgesics and adjuvant drugs, and therapeutic approaches that addressed the underlying cause of pain. This chapter offers an overview of the ways in which pain is caused by malignant diseases and their treatments. It discusses tumour-associated problems, with particular emphasis on pain. Discussions include the incidence of pain at the onset and at the latter stage of the disease, the mechanisms of pain, the pains caused by cancer treatment, and different forms of pain management.

Keywords: pain; controlling pain; analgesics; adjuvant drugs; therapeutic approaches; mechanisms of pain; pain management

Chapter.  5823 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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