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Contempo Updates
Clinician's Corner
November 12, 2003

Cancer Pain

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;290(18):2476-2479. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2476

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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