Management of chronic pain control in cancer

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Management of Chronic Pain Control in Cancer Contents Abstract page 1 Introduction Page 1 Thesis Page 3 Justification Page 4 Method Literature Review Discussion Page 8 Conclusion Page 8 References Page 9 Abstract This document considers the topic of chronic pain, in particular after treatment for cancer, whether the pain experienced is somatic and so associated with such things as swellings in joints, skin and deep tissues, neuropathic and visceral pain from organs among cancer survivors, and the best ways to deal with this, using a multidisciplinary approach, involving a variety of techniques, some newer than others.


In one year more than 500 people in 100,000 will be diagnosed with cancer within the United Kingdom (Cancer Research UK, 2012). The same site states that the survival rate for all cancers has now reached 50%, with some types having a very high 5 year survival rate of 95% and with women generally having a higher survival rate than men. Treatment will have included such things as surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, all of which play their part in either removing or destroying cancer cells. Such treatment though has its costs and it is a normal experience to have some pain after cancer surgery. Most of this will fade after time, but in some cases pain can persist for months or years, especially if nerves are damaged. After radiation therapy there may be pain which eventually resolves. In some cases though pain can develop a long way down the line. Chemotherapy can also result in pain and numbness. Some people may also find that they are liable to migraines, low back pain and other types of pain (, 2012). ...
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