Pain Management

Healthcare Use, Economic Burden Greater With Cancer-Related Opioid-Induced Constipation

Healthcare Use, Economic Burden Greater With Cancer-Related Opioid-Induced Constipation

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Use of opioids to manage cancer-related pain may have adverse effects of its own that can have a significant impact on healthcare use among patients with cancer.

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

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In a randomized study, researchers sought to determine the effect of IV injections of coix seed oil, a Chinese CAM, on pain and quality of life measures for patients with advanced cancer.

Senior Patients With Cancer Can Benefit From Palliative Radiotherapy

Senior Patients With Cancer Can Benefit From Palliative Radiotherapy

Researchers evaluated whether age is a predictor of pain response after radiotherapy for painful bone metastasis among 128 patients undergoing palliative radiotherapy.

IDDS and SCS: Exploring Multimodal Approaches for Managing Cancer Pain 

IDDS and SCS: Exploring Multimodal Approaches for Managing Cancer Pain 

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A review examines the evidence and current practices pertaining to the use of intrathecal drug delivery systems (IDDS) and spinal cord stimulation (SCS) to address cancer pain.

Chronic Opioid Use Observed in More Than 50% of Oropharynx Cancer Cases

Chronic Opioid Use Observed in More Than 50% of Oropharynx Cancer Cases

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Results of a retrospective review assessing the prevalence of chronic opioid use among patients with oropharynx cancer after surgery was presented at the 2018 American Head & Neck Society Annual Meeting.

Patients With Head and Neck Cancer Have Greater Chance of Being Prescribed Opioids

Patients With Head and Neck Cancer Have Greater Chance of Being Prescribed Opioids

Researchers compared opioid use between head and neck cancer (HNCA) and lung or colon cancer (LCCA) cohorts.

Bedside Assessment Tool Improves Worst Pain in Patients With Cancer

Bedside Assessment Tool Improves Worst Pain in Patients With Cancer

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In a 2-arm parallel group study, researchers determined the effect of implementing EPAT on pain, pain management, and opioid-related adverse effects among patients with cancer in 19 cancer centers.

Gas Mixture Improves Efficacy of Breakthrough Cancer Pain Treatment

Gas Mixture Improves Efficacy of Breakthrough Cancer Pain Treatment

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Patient self-administration of a nitrous oxide/oxygen combination appears to be superior to oxygen alone as an adjunct analgesic treatment for severe breakthrough cancer pain.

Self-guided Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management Shows Efficacy in Painful CIPN

Self-guided Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management Shows Efficacy in Painful CIPN

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Self-guided online cognitive behavioral pain management may result in improved "worst" pain but not "average" pain compared with usual care for the treatment of painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

High Opioid Use Linked to Shorter Cancer Survival, Increased Health Care Use

High Opioid Use Linked to Shorter Cancer Survival, Increased Health Care Use

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Researchers sought to determine the link between opioid use among patients with advanced cancer and health care use such as urgent care, inpatient, and emergency room visits.

Acupuncture Benefits Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Joint Pain

Acupuncture Benefits Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Joint Pain

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Acupuncture may represent an effective adjuvant therapy in the management of joint pain associated with aromatase inhibitor treatment in postmenopausal women with breast cancer.

Pain Tolerance Lower in Abstinent Smokers Before, Following Surgery

Pain Tolerance Lower in Abstinent Smokers Before, Following Surgery

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Abstinent smokers may have reduced preoperative pain tolerance and increased postoperative opioid use compared with nonsmokers.

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

Opioid Epidemic Response May Be Limiting Cancer-Related Pain Management

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A report on current legislation and practice trends regarding opioids and how they are affecting cancer patients' ability to manage their pain.

Prophylactic Prochloperazine Ineffective for Opioid-induced Nausea/Vomiting in Cancer

Prophylactic Prochloperazine Ineffective for Opioid-induced Nausea/Vomiting in Cancer

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A randomized study was conducted to determine the efficacy of prophylactic prochlorperazine in reducing opioid-induced nausea and vomiting in patients with cancer receiving opioids for pain management.

Specialized Interventions Reduce Aberrant Opioid Behaviors in Cancer Patients

Specialized Interventions Reduce Aberrant Opioid Behaviors in Cancer Patients

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Investigators the effectiveness of an intervention to reduce aberrant opioid-related behavior and use of opioids in patients with cancer receiving chronic opioid therapy.

Naldemedine Effective for Opioid-Induced Constipation in Cancer Pain

Naldemedine Effective for Opioid-Induced Constipation in Cancer Pain

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Opioids are an effective option for managing cancer pain; however, opioid-induced constipation (OIC) detracts from their effectiveness. In this study, investigators sought to determine if naldemedine use improved OIC without reducing pain relief.

Opioid Use Higher Among Cancer Survivors, Even After Long-Term Survivorship

Opioid Use Higher Among Cancer Survivors, Even After Long-Term Survivorship

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Rates of opioid prescription use is higher among patients with cancer compared with patients who have never had cancer, even after survivorship.

Pain Management, Cancer Care at End-of-Life Improved by Caregiver Education, Training Intervention

Pain Management, Cancer Care at End-of-Life Improved by Caregiver Education, Training Intervention

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Novel intervention focuses on caregivers' beliefs, knowledge, and skills regarding home care for patients with cancer resulting in improved pain management and better overall care at the end of life.

Neuropathic Cancer Pain Linked to Reduced Quality of Life

Neuropathic Cancer Pain Linked to Reduced Quality of Life

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Results of a recent study showed that neuropathic cancer pain (NCP) in patients with cancer was not only associated with a worsened quality of life but is also not adequately managed.

Comprehensive After Surgery Recovery Program Reduces Complication Rates and Improves Surgical Outcomes

Comprehensive After Surgery Recovery Program Reduces Complication Rates and Improves Surgical Outcomes

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Postoperative program improves complication rates, opioid prescribing, and hospital mortality and increases home discharge rates after colorectal or hip fracture surgery.

Managing Pain in the Crosshairs of an Opioid Crisis and HCAHPS-related Demands

Managing Pain in the Crosshairs of an Opioid Crisis and HCAHPS-related Demands

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Patient expectations, clinician perception, and institutional objectives create a perfect storm of conflicting interests regarding pain management, especially given the current trend to control opioid use.

Improving Patient Satisfaction With Pain Management in Multidisciplinary Radiation Oncology Setting

Improving Patient Satisfaction With Pain Management in Multidisciplinary Radiation Oncology Setting

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Nurse-led project at an urban outpatient radiation oncology center not only achieved improved patient satisfaction regarding pain management.

The Integration of Cannabis in Oncologic Care

The Integration of Cannabis in Oncologic Care

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Despite recent new legislation, medical marijuana as an adjunct to palliative and end-of-life care remains controversial. But a greater acceptance within both the medical community and the lay public is prompting research on how it can be integrated into standard care.

Perioperative Pain Control Reduces Need for Postoperative Narcotics After Hysterectomy for Uterine Cancer

Perioperative Pain Control Reduces Need for Postoperative Narcotics After Hysterectomy for Uterine Cancer

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Preoperative intravenous acetaminophen plus local infiltration of LB during hysterectomy and surgical staging of uterine cancer may reduce the need for postoperative narcotics.

Perioperative Celecoxib Reduces Outpatient Narcotic Use After Hysterectomy

Perioperative Celecoxib Reduces Outpatient Narcotic Use After Hysterectomy

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Perioperative celecoxib use during hysterectomy may reduce the need for oral narcotics after hospital discharge.

High Rates of Persistent Opioid Use 6 Months After RT for Cervical Cancer

High Rates of Persistent Opioid Use 6 Months After RT for Cervical Cancer

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Nearly 3 in 10 cervical cancer survivors were still using opioids at 6 months after completing radiotherapy.

Research Shows Vitamin B3 Reduces Pain From Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Research Shows Vitamin B3 Reduces Pain From Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

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Nicotinamide riboside, a type of B3 vitamin, was shown to prevent chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in an animal-model study.

QoL, Pain from Bone Metastases May Improve as Early as 10 Days After RT

QoL, Pain from Bone Metastases May Improve as Early as 10 Days After RT

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A single 8-Gy dose of radiotherapy for painful bone metastases may improve quality of life and pain as early as 10 days after administration.

SL Fentanyl Less Effective Than SC Morphine for Severe Cancer Pain Episodes

SL Fentanyl Less Effective Than SC Morphine for Severe Cancer Pain Episodes

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Sublingual fentanyl tablets were not noninferior to subcutaneous morphine for the treatment of severe pain episodes in patients with cancer.

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.

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