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[Characteristics of and strategy for cancer pain].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Nihon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine
Publication Date
Volume
65
Issue
1
Pages
17–21
Identifiers
PMID: 17233410
Source
Medline

Abstract

75% of cancer patients have pain, which can greatly affect their quality of life. In cancer patients, not only physical pain but also total pain must be treated. Cancer pain can be classified as nociceptive pain or neuropathic pain according to neural mechanism. It is important to consider the underlying cause and mechanism. In 80% to 90% of patients, pain can be alleviated by the WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines, which have been established as standard treatment for cancer pain. Therefore, all physicians involved in cancer care should become skilled in this analgesic therapy. This article mainly explains the characteristics of cancer pain and the WHO guidelines.

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