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The pharmacological management of cancer pain 

The pharmacological management of cancer pain
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The pharmacological management of cancer pain
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Matthew K. Makin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199661626.003.0002
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date: 13 June 2021

What exactly do we mean by complex or difficult cancer pain? For the patient, and those close to them, pain associated with cancer is never easy, particularly when it is experienced in combination with a constellation of other symptoms leading to debility, distress, loss of function, and an increasing dependence on others. There have been great advances in cancer pain management in many countries and with relatively straightforward interventions the majority of patients should expect good control of symptoms such as pain.

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