Pain Management

Low-Dose Sublingual Fentanyl Safe, Effective in Patients Receiving Lower Opioid Doses

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Sublingual fentanyl is used to manage breakthrough pain in adults with cancer who are already receiving opioid therapy for underlying persistent cancer pain. In this study, researchers evaluated the effect of low doses of sublingual fentanyl in patients who are receiving low opioid doses for background analgesia.

Some Older Adults Use High-risk Methods to Obtain Opioids

Some Older Adults Use High-risk Methods to Obtain Opioids

Almost 15 percent of older adults surveyed used high-risk methods for obtaining prescription opioids, according to a recent study.

Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions

Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions

Approaches such as acupuncture, massage, and tai chi may ease discomfort

Analgesic Effects of Cannabis Is Different Between Men and Women

Analgesic Effects of Cannabis Is Different Between Men and Women

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Pain response—sensitivity and tolerance—after use of active cannabis differs between men and women.

Methadone May Be Superior to Fentanyl for Neuropathic Pain

Methadone May Be Superior to Fentanyl for Neuropathic Pain

Methadone appears to be superior to fentanyl for the treatment of neuropathic pain in patients with head and neck cancer.

Guidelines Developed to Manage Pain in Cancer Survivors

Guidelines Developed to Manage Pain in Cancer Survivors

Recurrent disease, second malignancy, late-onset treatment effects should be assessed in patients with new pain, according to the new guidelines.

Chronic Pain Is More Likely for Women Who Undergo Armpit Lymph Node Surgery for Breast Cancer

Chronic Pain Is More Likely for Women Who Undergo Armpit Lymph Node Surgery for Breast Cancer

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Risk factors for chronic pain after breast cancer surgery include axillary lymph node dissection, younger age, and radiation therapy. Only axillary lymph node dissection is a high-yield target for a modifiable risk factor to prevent the persistent pain after breast cancer surgery.

Improving Tools for Managing Pain and Monitoring Sedation Among Patients With Cancer

Improving Tools for Managing Pain and Monitoring Sedation Among Patients With Cancer

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Managing pain with opioids and keeping a close eye on adverse effects is an important part of cancer care. But there is room for improvement in pain management tools, and nurses play a key role in their evolution.

U.S. Medical Schools to Expand Training on Opioid Abuse

U.S. Medical Schools to Expand Training on Opioid Abuse

Health experts note that opioids are prescribed too often, possibly because of poor training, and U.S. medical schools are expanding training to address the issue.

Investigation of a Novel Method for Managing Oral Cancer Pain Is Awarded NIDCR Grant

Investigation of a Novel Method for Managing Oral Cancer Pain Is Awarded NIDCR Grant

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Quality of life for patients with oral cancer can be dismal due to cancer-related pain. An NIDCR grant is supporting the investigation of a nonviral gene delivery method for treating oral cancer pain safely and effectively.

ASCO Statement Seeks to Balance Prescription Opioids for Patients With Cancer and Misuse and Abuse Prevention

ASCO Statement Seeks to Balance Prescription Opioids for Patients With Cancer and Misuse and Abuse Prevention

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ASCO addresses the complex issues surrounding prescription opioids in a new policy statement. ASCO supports the efforts of multiple federal offices and agencies to prevent and respond to prescription drug abuse, and is also working to protect access to appropriate medical opioid therapy for patients with cancer.

Cancer-related Neuropathy May Respond to Gene Therapy

Cancer-related Neuropathy May Respond to Gene Therapy

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Recent research using rats indicates that gene therapy might treat the neuropathic pain that affects 90% of patients with cancer.

Study Suggests Clinicians Can Use Opioid of Choice for Breakthrough Cancer Pain

Study Suggests Clinicians Can Use Opioid of Choice for Breakthrough Cancer Pain

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All opioids are currently recommended for breakthrough cancer pain and clinicians may use the opioid of their choice.

Nursing Considerations Regarding Fentanyl Sublingual Spray Titration

Nursing Considerations Regarding Fentanyl Sublingual Spray Titration

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Treatment of breakthrough cancer pain is an important component of care for patients, and nurses should consider various factors when titrating the dose of fentanyl sublingual spray to an effective dose.

Managing Radiotherapy-Induced Breakthrough Cancer Pain

Managing Radiotherapy-Induced Breakthrough Cancer Pain

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Nasal spray effectively relieves intense breakthrough pain associated with radiotherapy planning and treatment.

Neurofeedback Training Enables Cancer Survivors to Control Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

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Chronic pain was decreased and quality of life was increased through neurofeedback.

Pain Management: Listen to and Learn From Your Patient

Pain Management: Listen to and Learn From Your Patient

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Providing your patient with the opportunity to tell his or her story helps to ensure that the goals of treatment are defined and met.

MS Pain Management in Patients With Cancer

MS Pain Management in Patients With Cancer

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What are the most effective treatments for MS pain in patients with co-existing cancer?

Optimal management of taxane acute pain syndrome not clear

Optimal management of taxane acute pain syndrome not clear

Despite its prevalence in patients receiving taxane-based chemotherapies, taxane acute pain syndrome (TAPS) remains poorly researched.

Pain management of pancreatic head adenocarcinomas that are unresectable: Celiac plexus neurolysis and splanchnicectomy

Pain management of pancreatic head adenocarcinomas that are unresectable: Celiac plexus neurolysis and splanchnicectomy

[Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology] This articles outlines pertinent anatomy, techniques, side effects, complications, and efficacy of interventions for palliation of pain from pancreatic cancer.

Alcohol consumption linked with less disability in chronic pain

Alcohol consumption linked with less disability in chronic pain

Moderate to heavy drinking might cut the likelihood of disability for people with chronic widespread pain.

'Neuroinvasion' May Impact Cancer Pain, Progression

'Neuroinvasion' May Impact Cancer Pain, Progression

Reciprocal relationship between cancer and neurons at play in tumor proliferation and pain sensitization.

Palliative radiotherapy: An evolving centerpiece of supportive care

Palliative radiotherapy: An evolving centerpiece of supportive care

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A new role for conformal radiotherapy is evolving. Targeted treatment can offer effective palliative management of pain and other side effects of cancer.

Music, Nature Sounds May Improve Pain, Anxiety in Hospice Cancer Patients

Music, Nature Sounds May Improve Pain, Anxiety in Hospice Cancer Patients

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Music, nature sounds, and the combination of both were effective in decreasing pain and anxiety in patients with cancer on hospice.

Anesthetic technique could spare some women from chronic pain after breast cancer surgery

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A regional anesthetic technique in combination with standard care could potentially spare a third of women undergoing a mastectomy chronic post-operative pain, according to study data.

Audio therapy for pediatric postoperative pain

Audio therapy for pediatric postoperative pain

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Listening to music or audiobooks has a profound impact on postoperative pain perception in children. The benefit is increased when the patients are allowed to choose their own music or stories.

Opioid-related deaths are almost 25% lower in states with medical marijuana laws

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Rates of death resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses are lower in states that allow medical use of marijuana compared with states without such laws.

United States to tighten controls on narcotic painkillers

United States to tighten controls on narcotic painkillers

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to enact tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in addictions across the United States.

Acupuncture reduces comorbid symptoms of cancer pain

Acupuncture reduces comorbid symptoms of cancer pain

Electroacupuncture may reduce comorbid symptoms of pain in women with breast cancer who have aromatase inhibitor-related arthralgia, according to research.

Promising medication counteracts opioid-caused constipation

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A newly developed opioid antagonist may offer relief from opioid-caused constipation.

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