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Cancer Pain Management (Etiopathogenesis, Assessment & Pharmacological Management)

Author(s): Dr. P.N. Jain

Journal: Indian Anaesthetists' Forum
ISSN 0973-0311

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2002;
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Keywords: cancer pain | opioids | non-narcotics

India receives about 10 lakhs new cancer patients every year. As statistical data suggest approximately 60-80% patients, when they are diagnosed, are advanced cases and hence incurable. Often, their major symptom is moderate to severe pain. According to present estimates about 56% cancer patients in India require relief of symptoms (palliative care) at any given time, however, only 28% are provided some sort of palliative care before they die. There is an immediate need to address this issue at all levels. Clinicians should reassure patients and their families that most pain could be relieved safely & effectively. Clinicians should assess patients and provide optimal relief throughout the course of illness. Health professionals should be properly educated about pain and its management in the treatment plan and encourage patients to be active participants in pain management. State regulatory bodies should not hamper the supply and appropriate use of opioid analgesics for cancer pain.
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