Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 231–234 | Cite as

Epidemiology of Cancer Pain

Invited Commentary

Abstract

About half of cancer patients experience pain, most commonly due to their primary cancer. Pain severity is at least moderate for most patients experiencing cancer-related pain. Pain may also persist in long-term cancer survivors. Cancer-related pain adds to mood disturbance and disability in cancer patients. Despite the frequent occurrence and substantial impact from cancer pain, both patient and provider barriers limit the identification and treatment of pain in cancer patients.

Keywords

Barrier Meta-analysis Prevalence Survivors Cancer pain Epidemiology of cancer pain 

Notes

Disclosure

No potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article were reported.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care MedicineUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

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