Pain management: pharmacological approaches

  • Russell K. Portenoy
  • Gerri Frager
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 100)


More than three quarters of patients with advanced cancer experience chronic pain that is severe enough to warrant therapy with opioid drugs [1,2]. The most prevalent pain syndromes are disease related in adults and treatment related in children [3,4]. In adults with metastatic solid tumors, disease-related pains are usually persistent and often progressive, a pattern that reflects the limited availability of effective primary therapies for many of these tumors. In the pediatric population, the availability of effective antineoplastic therapies for the common tumors yields a pattern of disease-related pain that is typically characterized by transitory episodes [5].


Neuropathic Pain Cancer Pain Postherpetic Neuralgia Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Opioid Drug 
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  • Gerri Frager

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