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Vol 10, No 3-4 (2011)
Review articles
Published online: 2012-03-02
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The changing face of palliative care

Zbigniew Zylicz
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2011;10(3-4):85-88.

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Vol 10, No 3-4 (2011)
Review articles
Published online: 2012-03-02

Abstract

The face of palliative care has changed considerably in the past four decades. The increased consumption of opioids did not fulfil the promise of freedom from pain. The reason for this may be that cancer patients live longer and suffer from different types of pain than before. Increasingly, patients suffer because of treatment-induced pain and pain due to degeneration and deterioration. Different strategies for coping with pain are now needed in comparison with four decades ago.

Abstract

The face of palliative care has changed considerably in the past four decades. The increased consumption of opioids did not fulfil the promise of freedom from pain. The reason for this may be that cancer patients live longer and suffer from different types of pain than before. Increasingly, patients suffer because of treatment-induced pain and pain due to degeneration and deterioration. Different strategies for coping with pain are now needed in comparison with four decades ago.
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Keywords

palliative care; epidemiology of cancer pain; cancer pain; oncology; morphine; opioids; opioid-resistant pain; opioid-induced hyperlagesia; opioid-induced hypogonadism

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Title

The changing face of palliative care

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 10, No 3-4 (2011)

Pages

85-88

Published online

2012-03-02

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2011;10(3-4):85-88.

Keywords

palliative care
epidemiology of cancer pain
cancer pain
oncology
morphine
opioids
opioid-resistant pain
opioid-induced hyperlagesia
opioid-induced hypogonadism

Authors

Zbigniew Zylicz

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