The literature suggests that inadequate pain management is a function of a number of factors including misconceptions about the use of drugs commonly used to treat cancer pain and a lack of communication between patients and clinicians in addition to the absence of formal assessment procedures as outlined above 3 with regards pain . Cancer pain prevention and culturally relevant and sensitive pain assessment education and management are essential elements of quality cancer care throughout all phases of the cancer care continuum comprehensive cancer pain management is an interprofessional and collaborative effort that must include screening for pain at each encounter . In addition many pain specialists may not care for many cancer patients cancer pain assessment diagnosis and management is a text that provides a good overview of cancer psychosocial elements involved with cancer types of cancer pain and cancer treatment modalities. Drs eduardo d bruera and russell k portenoy have completely revised and updated the widely respected cancer pain assessment and management for the second edition of this unanimously praised book this is a comprehensive clinically oriented review of all aspects of the complex and multidimensional problem of cancer pain. Cancer related pain is a significant problem that can be well managed when evidence based strategies are implemented evidence based interventions for cancer pain management fall into four categories acute chronic refractory and breakthrough clinicians should use this supplement as a reference to manage pain in daily practice
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