ecancermedicalscience

Review

Advances in pain management for older patients with cancer

3 Dec 2019
Georges El Hachem, Francisco Oliveira Rocha, Thierry Pepersack, Youssef Jounblat, Annie Drowart, Lissandra Dal Lago

The population of older patients is growing with a rising prevalence of cancer diagnoses and cancer-related pain syndromes. Older patients are also vulnerable to misleading pain evaluations and under treatment with opioids. Barriers to the effective and safe management of analgesics include pain assessments and the complex management of the best analgesic choice and dose-titration while achieving the fewest side effects. In this review, we will provide an overview of the challenges present in assessment and treatment choices, along with practical tips for routine clinical practice.

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