Pain in the Cancer Patient

Pathogenesis, Diagnosis and Therapy

  • Manfred Zimmermann
  • Peter Drings
  • Gustav Wagner

Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 89)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. M. Zimmermann, P. Drings
    Pages 1-12
  3. J. J. Bonica
    Pages 13-27
  4. R. Hartenstein, W. Wilmanns
    Pages 72-78
  5. M. Berger, F. Gerstenbrand
    Pages 79-84
  6. J. Siegfried, A. Kühner, V. Sturm
    Pages 148-156
  7. A. Braun, K. Rohe
    Pages 157-170

About these proceedings

Introduction

Pain is unfortunately not an early symptom in neoplastic diseases. When it occurs, however, as it so often does in the advanced stages of the disease, then it can be particularly severe. Many physicians are not able to treat such pain efficiently with the standard methods familiar to them. Even in the oncological clinic, it is common for cancer patients not to receive adequate treatment of their pain; the therapeutic efforts are directed principally at the cancer, the pain often being neglected. This book fills a gap in the literature and should enhance the awareness of pain of all those who deal with cancer patients. For the patient, the symptoms of the disease are usually the direct cause of suffering, and pain is often the most severe symptom. The pain may be potentiated by knowledge of the threat posed by the cancer, or may itself considerably increase the patients existing anxiety. Thus there is a vicious circle of pain and psychological factors which will reduce the patient to a state of despair and distress. It is, therefore, obvious that efficient pain therapy is of utmost signi­ ficance to the patient, who will judge the doctor's ability to provide medical assistance according to the degree of pain relief achieved. The patient's quality of life will also depend critically on the relief obtained.

Keywords

Opiate Patient analgesics cancer chemotherapy oncology pain pharmacology quality of life radiotherapy surgery treatment tumor

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Zimmermann
    • 1
  • Peter Drings
    • 2
  • Gustav Wagner
    • 3
  1. 1.II. Physiologisches InstitutUniversität HeidelbergHeidelberg 1Germany
  2. 2.Klinik für Thoraxerkrankungen der Landesversicherungsanstalt BadenKrankenhaus RohrbachHeidelberg 1Germany
  3. 3.Deutsches KrebsforschungszentrumHeidelberg 1Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-82028-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-82030-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-82028-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0080-0015
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