Persistent Pain in Cancer Survivors Is Topic of New Edition of Pain: Clinical Updates

Oct 19, 2016

Written by Paul Farquhar-Smith, PhD, MA, MBBS, FRCA, FFPMRCA, and Matthew R.D. Brown, MBBS, MRCS, FRCA, FFPMRCA, of the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, this edition of Pain: Clinical Updates addresses the following themes:

  • Improvements in oncological treatments combined with an aging population are leading to an increase in the number of cancer survivors.
  • Pain is common in cancer survivors and may arise due to the underlying condition, its treatment, or both. Pain states unrelated to the cancer may also be encountered in this patient population.
  • Management of pain in cancer survivors is complex, with a paucity of evidence to support specific interventions.
  • Fear of recurrence may add to the challenge of successfully controlling pain in cancer survivors.

A Spanish translation by Alex Barroso is available here. The English version appears below.