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Cancer Pain 

Cancer Pain
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Cancer Pain
Author(s):

Amitabh Gulati

and Joseph C. Hung

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190217518.003.0017
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date: 22 August 2019

Cancer pain treatment is complex and requires a different and more encompassing focus than many pain processes. Not only can tumor or metastatic lesions cause various types of pain but also the medical, radiological, and surgical treatments of the cancer may eclipse the original cause in some cases. Although treatment is often palliative, the transition from curative to palliative therapies is rarely straightforward, and the influence of patient and family beliefs and sources of meaning may have implications for treatment. This chapter focuses on differentiation of various situations that a pain physician might encounter in clinical practice.

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