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The role of surgery in cancer pain management 

The role of surgery in cancer pain management
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The role of surgery in cancer pain management
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Paul Eldridge

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10.1093/med/9780199661626.003.0004
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date: 25 May 2019

The surgical principles of treating pain apply in cancer pain as much as they do in any other situation and these are in the following order: treat the cause, neuromodulate, and lesion. There are a number of procedures available within the neurosurgical armamentarium for the control of cancer pain. Whilst in the main cancer pain is successfully controlled by medical means, the neurosurgical methods—and in particular the lesional techniques—should not be abandoned and probably have a greater place than has been appreciated; the ability to achieve significant pain relief, without large doses of opioids may well result in improved quality of life and by itself improved survival.

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