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Invited Commentary
May 7, 2020

Managing Cancer Pain During the Opioid Epidemic—Balancing Caution and Compassion

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California
JAMA Oncol. Published online May 7, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.0779

Opioid prescribing patterns have come under increased scrutiny in the setting of the ongoing opioid epidemic as rates of opioid prescription, overdose, and mortality have risen in the United States.1 The opioid epidemic has appropriately led to new guidelines, regulations, and policies that attempt to curtail the inappropriate use of opioids in clinical practice. However, these policies in part arise from prior research of opioid-related adverse effects in the noncancer population, and we lack an understanding of how the opioid epidemic and related opioid policies will influence patients with cancer.

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