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Pain Management in Cancer Patients

  • Hrachya Nersesyan
  • Jeffrey J. Mucksavage
  • Eljim Tesoro
  • Konstantin V. Slavin
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Part of the Cancer Growth and Progression book series (CAGP, volume 13)

Abstract

Cancer is one of the most debilitating and deadly diseases that, broadly speaking, shows no preference for demographic, sex, age, or culture. It is the second leading cause of mortality of all Americans as a single disease [1], and the sheer potential for mortality from cancer can be a horrifying experience for anyone bearing this diagnosis. Pain is probably one of the most common of all cancer symptoms and can be very frightening for patients and their families. According to statistics published by the American Cancer Society in 2002 [2], 50–70% of patients with cancer experience pain, which usually only intensifies as the disease progresses. It was estimated that less than half of cancer patients get adequate relief of their pain, and 25% actually die in pain [3]. This is particularly disappointing because the pain endured by 90% of these patients could have been well managed with relatively simple interventions [4]. This chapter will discuss different options for treating cancer pain focusing on the pharmacological agents and surgical modalities currently available for pain management.

Keywords

Neuropathic Pain Pain Control Cancer Pain Immediate Release Breakthrough Pain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hrachya Nersesyan
    • 1
  • Jeffrey J. Mucksavage
    • 2
  • Eljim Tesoro
    • 2
  • Konstantin V. Slavin
    • 3
  1. 1.Illinois Neurological Institute, OSF Saint Francis Medical CenterPeoriaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacy PracticeUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Section of Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery, Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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