Ongoing controversies in the pharmacological management of cancer pain

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Pain management remains a problem in advanced cancer. Despite the ready availability of effective analgesia and good evidence to support the prescription of medications, concerns continue over the safety of this practice. The aim of the present paper was to review often-raised questions when considering the use of opioids, especially in cancer pain, to ascertain the levels of evidence that already exist to support opioid- prescribing practice and to identify areas where further research is needed. (Intern Med J 2004; 34: 45–49)

Keywords: cancer pain; morphine; opioids

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and 2: Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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