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Vol 10, No 4 (2016)
Review paper
Published online: 2017-05-19
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Current controversies in the assessment and management of breakthrough cancer pain

Andrew Davies
Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2016;10(4):139-143.

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Vol 10, No 4 (2016)
Review articles
Published online: 2017-05-19

Abstract

Breakthrough cancer pain is a common phenomenon, which is associated with a significant impact on quality of life. Management of BTcP is often suboptimal, and this reflects the heterogeneous nature of BTcP, and the often standardised (rather than individualized) management of BTcP. This article reviews national / international guidelines relating to BTcP, and highlights the ongoing controversies, such as the definition, diagnosis, and management of BTcP. However, many of these guidelines agree on the fundamental aspects of the management, and specifically about the important role of so-called “rapid onset opioids”.

Abstract

Breakthrough cancer pain is a common phenomenon, which is associated with a significant impact on quality of life. Management of BTcP is often suboptimal, and this reflects the heterogeneous nature of BTcP, and the often standardised (rather than individualized) management of BTcP. This article reviews national / international guidelines relating to BTcP, and highlights the ongoing controversies, such as the definition, diagnosis, and management of BTcP. However, many of these guidelines agree on the fundamental aspects of the management, and specifically about the important role of so-called “rapid onset opioids”.

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Keywords

cancer

About this article
Title

Current controversies in the assessment and management of breakthrough cancer pain

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 10, No 4 (2016)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

139-143

Published online

2017-05-19

Bibliographic record

Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2016;10(4):139-143.

Keywords

cancer

Authors

Andrew Davies

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