The majority of patients with cancer experience significant pain during their illness. Most cancer pain can be readily managed with oral analgesic therapy. However, cancer pain is often under-treated because of poor communication between physicians and patients and inadequate training of physicians in pain management. A systematic pain-oriented history, pain intensity assessment physical exam, and diagnostic evaluation are needed to delineate the cause of pain. A therapeutic plan can then be tailored to the patient's needs, preferences, and severity of pain. This paper reviews the evaluation and treatment of cancer pain, with guidelines for initiating and monitoring non-opioid and opioid analgesic therapy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Maryland medical journal (Baltimore, Md. : 1985)|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
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