Cancer-related Breakthrough Pain

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OUP Oxford, Aug 23, 2012 - Medical - 128 pages
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Malignant episodic (or 'breakthrough') pain is a common feature of cancer pain that can have a negative impact on quality of life for both the patient and carer. It is characterized by a periodic increase in pain over background cancer pain and can be both severe in intensity and rapid in onset. Some patients who experience breakthrough pain are unresponsive to treatment and can pose a clinical challenge for physicians. This volume contains chapters detailing strategies for the assessment, management and treatment of breakthrough pain. The use of opioids for the treatment of breakthrough pain is thoroughly explored, with material covering oral, nasal and other routes for opioid administration. Furthermore, the book includes chapters on non-opioid pharmacological treatments, as well as non-pharmacological interventions. New additions to the second edition include a revised chapter on the general management of breakthrough pain and an up-to-date section on the latest data on intranasal fentanyl products. These updates ensure that Cancer-related Breakthrough Pain continues to be an invaluable resource for specialists and trainees in the field of pain management, as well as being a quick reference guide for GPs, specialist nurses, and other medical professionals.

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Andrew Davies, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Luke's Cancer Centre, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK Contributors: Fiona Bailey, Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, St. Christopher's Hospice, London, United KingdomNicholas Christelis, Locum Consultant in Anaesthesia, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, United KingdomOla Dale, Professor of Anesthesiology/Pharmacology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NorwayAndrew Davies, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford, United KingdomAnn Farley, Specialist Sister in Palliative Care, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, United KingdomJackie Filshie, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, United KingdomCraig Gannon, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Princess Alice Hospital, Esher, United KingdomDiane Laverty, Lead Nurse Bereavement Services, Royal Free Hospital, London, United KingdomCharles Skinner, Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, United KingdomEmma Thompson, Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, United KingdomGiovambattista Zeppetella, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St. Clare Hospice, Hastingwood, United Kingdom

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