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Management of Cancer Pain

Management of Cancer Pain Cancer pain management necessitates the use of opioids when pain is moderate or severe. Opioids need to be versatile and effective. Newer formulations may improve patient compliance and may be more conducive to the management of transient flares of pain; they also may be tailored to treat certain special populations and may be particularly effective in certain clinical situations. For example, newer opioids have been developed for transdermal, nasal, and nebulized administration, providing a ‘needle-less’ means of controlling pain in those unable to take oral medications. However, newer opioid formulations are not a substitute for good pain management strategies and will not control pain unless provided in adequate doses and schedules. Newer opioid formulations have niche roles in clinical practice, and pain and palliative specialists need to be aware of new developments in opioids and delivery systems. This state-of-the-art review provides a synopsis of recent advances and evolving technologies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Cancer Springer Journals

Management of Cancer Pain

American Journal of Cancer , Volume 5 (3) – Aug 10, 2012

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by Adis Data Information BV
Subject
Pharmacy; Pharmacy
ISSN
1175-6357
DOI
10.2165/00024669-200605030-00004
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Abstract

Cancer pain management necessitates the use of opioids when pain is moderate or severe. Opioids need to be versatile and effective. Newer formulations may improve patient compliance and may be more conducive to the management of transient flares of pain; they also may be tailored to treat certain special populations and may be particularly effective in certain clinical situations. For example, newer opioids have been developed for transdermal, nasal, and nebulized administration, providing a ‘needle-less’ means of controlling pain in those unable to take oral medications. However, newer opioid formulations are not a substitute for good pain management strategies and will not control pain unless provided in adequate doses and schedules. Newer opioid formulations have niche roles in clinical practice, and pain and palliative specialists need to be aware of new developments in opioids and delivery systems. This state-of-the-art review provides a synopsis of recent advances and evolving technologies.

Journal

American Journal of CancerSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 10, 2012

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