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Control of complex pain at the end of life in hospice or community setting

Umesh K. Gidwani and Stephen Berns

in Practical Management of Complex Cancer Pain

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Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780199661626
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191743023 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199661626.003.0023

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Oncology

Control of complex pain at the end of life in hospice or community setting

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Pain is very prevalent and common in the cancer population. It has the potential not only to cause physical distress but also affect the patient’s functional status, psychological and emotional state, and social life, particularly when it is severe. Studies of patients in their last week of life reveal that up to 35% describe pain as severe or intolerable. Fortunately, pain is quite treatable and when following the World Health Organization’s framework on pain relief, up to 90% of individuals with cancer are effectively treated. This chapter covers various aspects of pain control at the end of life especially in the hospice or community setting.

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Subjects: Pharmacology ; Radiation Oncology ; Palliative Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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