Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 263–270 | Cite as

Psychosocial Issues in Cancer Pain

  • Laura S. PorterEmail author
  • Francis J. Keefe


Cancer pain is a complex and multidimensional experience that affects and is affected by psychological and social factors. This article reviews recent research that points to a number of key psychosocial factors associated with pain, including psychological distress, coping, and social support, as well as the impact of socioeconomic factors on barriers to pain management. We also review recent research suggesting that psychosocial interventions, including education, coping-skills training, and hypnosis, may be useful adjuncts to medical management of pain. Clinical implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.


Cancer Pain Psychological Social Caregiver Education Hypnosis Coping skills training 



Duke University Medical Center has received grant money from the National Institutes of Health on behalf of Drs. Laura S. Porter and Francis J. Keefe.


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  1. 1.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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