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Acute pain in cancer

James A. Smart

in Acute Pain

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Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199234721
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191739972 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199234721.003.0013

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Acute pain in cancer

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Pain in patients with cancer occurs because of a variety of different causes and has both nociceptive and neuropathic pain components.

It is essential that a thorough assessment of the pain is carried out in order to institute appropriate treatment.

Whilst the WHO Pain Ladder is a good place to start, there are many other treatments available to treat pain in cancer.

Any pharmacological or interventional treatment will be more successful if appropriate psychological support is provided.

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Subjects: Critical Care ; Pain Medicine

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