A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019) | Viewed by 55760
Interests: cancer pain; opioids; palliative care
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Pain is one of the most prevalent, burdensome, and feared symptoms among cancer patients. The prevalence of pain in cancer population has been estimated to be high, particularly in the advanced stage of disease. In developing countries, pain prevalence is even higher due to a late diagnosis. On the other hand chronic pain in cancer survivors affect about 1/3 of patients.
With such high figures, attention to pain should considered an institutional priority for oncology setting. While scientific evidence and effort to disseminate them through recommendations and guidelines, suboptimal management of pain persist in clinical setting, with over 80% of the world’s population being inadequately treated.
The pharmacologic treatment with analgesics is the foundation of cancer pain management. Despite the lack of significant evidence of effectiveness and potential adverse consequences, opioids are recommended as the mainstay of treatment for cancer pain.
Unfortunately many barriers regarding the use of opioids persist. Despite the changes in attitudes in the medical community, outdated rules and regulations aimed, at limiting criminal behavior, abuse and addiction, remain and propagate the legacy of fear about opioids. Patients and relatives often hamper their own treatment due to similar misconceptions about opioids, nonadherence to treatment regimens, and poor communication of their concerns. Cultural barriers and lack of knowledge are a further limiting factor for the appropriate use of opioids. Experts in the field will prepare leading articles regarding the pain classification, neuropathic pain, interventional techniques, and difficult pain syndromes. We aim to stimulate discussion by bringing together expert opinion and new science from across the field in a Special Issue of Cancers. We welcome submissions that cover relevant topics of cancer pain management.
Prof. Dr. Sebastiano Mercadante
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