Some causes of cancer pain are relatively easy to diagnose and treat (e.g., pathologic fractures). However, clinicians treating patients with cancer should also be able to recognize readily the common pain syndromes that may cause intractable pain and that may signal disease recurrence in order to optimize therapy and minimize the morbidity of unrelieved pain. Furthermore, because many intractable pain problems involve necrologic structures (e.g., epidural spinal cord compression; metastatic bronchial and lumbosacral plexopathy), prompt recognition and treatment of these syndromes may also minimize necrologic impairment (Elliott and Foley, 1989).
Initial Pain Assessment
Initial Pain Assessment.
Common Cancer Pain Syndromes due to Peripheral Nerve Injury
Assessment of New Pain
Patients with Psychiatric Problems Associated with Cancer Pain