cancer pain relief

Last reviewed 01/2018

There are several important concepts in cancer pain relief:

  • most cancer pain can be relieved with drugs
  • an analgesic stepladder approach is usually appropriate
  • chronic pain should be managed with oral analgesia - at least in the initial management of chronic pain

As with any pain the various elements that contribute to it should also be considered and treated specifically if appropriate.

  • mental state, anxiety may exacerbate the perception of pain
  • mechanical factors, ie the patient's posture, would splints or better seating/bed position help
  • whether there are neurogenic or inflammatory elements to the pain.