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Total pain in a patient with lung cancer diagnosis

Agnieszka Nowakowska-Arendt, Michał Graczyk, Hanna Gęsińska, Małgorzata Krajnik
DOI: 10.5603/PMPI.2020.0021
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Palliat Med Pract 2020;14(3):219-222.

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Vol 14, No 3 (2020)
Case report
Published online: 2020-08-20

Abstract

Pain is experienced by most cancer patients. According to the definition of the International Society for
the Study of Pain (IASP), pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling
that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage. This very “medical” definition indicates
that pain is a mental, subjective, sensual, emotional, and unpleasant phenomenon. In palliative care, there
is often a need for a better and deeper understanding of what “total” pain can be. The case of a young
patient with lung cancer diagnosis presented an opportunity to describe characteristics of such pain, which
encompasses physical, mental, social and spiritual suffering.

Abstract

Pain is experienced by most cancer patients. According to the definition of the International Society for
the Study of Pain (IASP), pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling
that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage. This very “medical” definition indicates
that pain is a mental, subjective, sensual, emotional, and unpleasant phenomenon. In palliative care, there
is often a need for a better and deeper understanding of what “total” pain can be. The case of a young
patient with lung cancer diagnosis presented an opportunity to describe characteristics of such pain, which
encompasses physical, mental, social and spiritual suffering.

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Keywords

total pain, clinical communication, lung cancer

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Title

Total pain in a patient with lung cancer diagnosis

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 14, No 3 (2020)

Article type

Case report

Pages

219-222

Published online

2020-08-20

DOI

10.5603/PMPI.2020.0021

Bibliographic record

Palliat Med Pract 2020;14(3):219-222.

Keywords

total pain
clinical communication
lung cancer

Authors

Agnieszka Nowakowska-Arendt
Michał Graczyk
Hanna Gęsińska
Małgorzata Krajnik

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