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CANCER PAIN
Cancer pain is an unpleasant sensory & emotional experience due to actual or potential tissue damage in patients with cancer.
Effective pain management in cancer patients with pain is an essential part of oncologic management due to increasing evidence of survival.
Pancreatic, head & neck cancer has a high prevalence of cancer pain.
During initial evaluation, follow-ups and new therapy initiation of patients with cancer, it is essential that they will be screened & evaluated for pain.

Follow Up

  • To ensure that the selected analgesic therapy has given the patient maximum benefit with as few adverse effects as possible, reassessment of pain intensity must be done at specified intervals
  • Patients on long-term opioid therapy should be assessed for abuse, addiction, tolerance or dependence

Specialist Referral

  • Referral to a pain or palliative care specialist for guidance on Methadone prescribing is recommended
  • Patients may be referred to a psychiatrist for psychological support, or to a substance abuse specialist for patients on long-term opioid therapy with signs of drug addiction, abuse, dependence or tolerance
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