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Cancer pain; assessment and management, 2d ed.


Cancer pain; assessment and management, 2d ed.

Ed. by Eduardo D. Bruera and Russell K. Portenoy.

Cambridge U. Press


643 pages




The first edition was published in 2003; this second edition is substantially revised and updated. Bruera (U. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center) and Portenoy (Beth Israel Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine) maintain the goals of supporting better understanding of pain and pain management, and improvement of care and access to care. Their preface emphasizes the continuing global rise of the disease and the "poor assessment, undertreatment, and problems with drug availability...that compromise best practice" in both the developed and developing worlds. Thirty-four contributed chapters address various aspects of such topics as pain mechanisms and epidemiology, syndromes, assessment, pharmacological treatment, other interventional strategies (neural blockade, neurosurgical treatment), psychological interventions, antineoplastic therapies, and special populations (children, the elderly, chemically dependent patients). Depression, and neuropathic, breakthrough, and bone pain are addressed, followed by chapters on systems of care: hospice, ethical & legal aspects, clinical trials, family caregivers, and palliative care in the developing world.

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