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Pain 

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Pain
Author(s):

Jennifer A. Shin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199988730.003.0011
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date: 07 June 2020

Pain is one of the most common symptoms experienced by patients with cancer. It interferes with sleep, appetite, and mood; and contributes to anxiety, fatigue, and poor quality of life. There are numerous effective therapies to relieve pain, and it is imperative that clinicians caring for patients with cancer be skilled at evaluating and treating pain. This chapter uses the NCCN Guidelines on Adult Cancer Pain as a framework for a comprehensive approach to pain in the cancer patient and promotes the use of pain-intensity ratings.

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