Author Affiliation: Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Tex.
Contempo Updates Section Editor: Catherine
Meyer, MD, Fishbein Fellow.
Approximately 1 in 3 individuals in the developed world will be diagnosed
with cancer and half of those patients will die of progressive disease.1 More than 80% of patients with cancer develop pain
before death.2 Pain is consistently one of
the most feared consequences of cancer for both patients and families. Major
improvements in the management of cancer pain in recent years include better
assessment of pain, recognition and treatment of opioid-induced neurotoxicity,
and the emerging use of opioid rotation and of methadone.
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