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Cancer pain and substance abuse 

Cancer pain and substance abuse
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Cancer pain and substance abuse
Author(s):

Kenneth L. Kirsh

, Tatiana D. Starr

, Lauren J. Rogak

, and Steven D. Passik

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199236640.003.0030
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date: 30 March 2020

Chapter 30 discusses cancer pain and substance abuse, and addresses how comprehensive pain management requires continuous monitoring of patient behaviour and overall functioning. Clinical, ethical, and even moral imperatives to treat pain in the patients can create difficult clinical dilemmas if the patient (or someone close to them) is abusing medications. These situations with a high degree of complexity require a reciprocal level of honest communication between the prescribing physician and the patient.

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