Pre-treatment pain intensity is an independent survival predictor for patients with head and neck cancer, according to new research published in The Journal of Pain, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Pain Society. Researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center assessed the extent to which pain severity influences survival in 2,340 newly diagnosed patients with head and neck cancer.

At first presentation, patients rated their pain using a scale in which 0 meant no pain and 10 indicated “pain as bad as you can imagine.” Survival time was calculated from diagnosis to death or last follow-up.

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