Special Issue "Strategies for Cancer Pain Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 April 2024 | Viewed by 2735
Interests: cancer pain; opioids; palliative care
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Despite increased attention to cancer pain, pain prevalence in patients with cancer has not significantly changed over the last several decades. Over one-third of patients receiving anticancer therapy suffer from moderate-to-severe pain, and about 50% of the population in the advanced stage of disease has moderate-to-severe pain. The lack of improvement is due to barriers for patients to report pain, poor pain assessment, limited education and knowledge of available analgesic treatments, and limitations of pharmacological treatments. In the last several years, the opioid crisis has also influenced the proper use of opioid analgesics, which remain fundamental for cancer pain management.
Cancer pain is a complex issue that requires specific competence and knowledge of all available methods to relieve it. Despite the extensive experience suggesting the feasibility and efficacy of the WHO method, this approach is just a general recommendation and has been erroneously considered the gold standard of cancer pain management usable by anyone. It is evident that in the third century, the different situations of cancer pain cannot be included in the three-step ladder, and that any specific clinical circumstance requires profound knowledge of all available pharmacological and non-pharmacological techniques.
This Special Issue will highlight the role of different strategies for assessing and treating cancer pain.
Prof. Dr. Sebastiano Mercadante
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- cancer pain
- palliative care