Cancer Pain News Archive

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Mixture as Adjunct to Morphine May Provide Relief From Breakthrough Cancer Pain

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Mixture as Adjunct to Morphine May Provide Relief From Breakthrough Cancer Pain

Self-administration of a nitrous oxide/oxygen mixture may be more effective than oxygen alone as an adjunct analgesic treatment in reducing moderate to severe breakthrough cancer pain.

Updated Guideline for Palliative Radiotherapy for Bone Metastases

Updated Guideline for Palliative Radiotherapy for Bone Metastases

A guideline update from the American Society for Radiation Oncology continues to support the efficacy and safety of palliative radiation therapy for bone metastases.

Sublingual Fentanyl Preferred, But Less Effective Than Subcutaneous Morphine

Sublingual Fentanyl Preferred, But Less Effective Than Subcutaneous Morphine

Fentanyl sublingual tablets are preferred over subcutaneous morphine in patients with severe breakthrough cancer pain.

Underprescription of Opioids in Cancer Patients During End of Life

Underprescription of Opioids in Cancer Patients During End of Life

Although opioids are considered a first-line treatment for late-stage cancer pain, they are often prescribed relatively late and for only a short duration before death in many patients.

Breakthrough Cancer Pain With Lazanda at New Dosage

Breakthrough Cancer Pain With Lazanda at New Dosage

Depomed has announced that Lazanda (fentanyl) nasal spray, CII, is now available at 300mcg dose strength to treat cancer pain.

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital for Relatives Dying From Cancer

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital for Relatives Dying From Cancer

Earlier hospice enrollment important area to focus on to improve the quality of end-of-life cancer care.

Lower Hospital Costs Tied to Palliative Care Consult

Lower Hospital Costs Tied to Palliative Care Consult

Greater cost savings for cancer patients with more comorbidities.

Aspirin Use Linked to Lower Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer, Study Shows

Aspirin Use Linked to Lower Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer, Study Shows

Risk of prostate cancer mortality reduced with regular aspirin use after diagnosis.

New Insight on the Role of Aspirin in Breast Cancer

New Insight on the Role of Aspirin in Breast Cancer

Two new studies shed more light on whether of aspirin can help treat breast cancer patients.

Time to Treatment Initiation Impacts Survival in Head, Neck Cancer

Time to Treatment Initiation Impacts Survival in Head, Neck Cancer

Lower overall survival for time to treatment initiation of more than 46 to 52 days.

Suicide Risk Rises for Head, Neck Cancer Patients

Suicide Risk Rises for Head, Neck Cancer Patients

Dependence on breathing tubes, feeding tubes might play a part in despair.

Constipation-Relieving Drug May Improve Cancer Survival Rates

Constipation-Relieving Drug May Improve Cancer Survival Rates

A drug that treats opioid-induced constipation has doubled advanced cancer survival rates in responders.

Are Lower-Income Cancer Patients Less Likely to Participate in Trials?

Are Lower-Income Cancer Patients Less Likely to Participate in Trials?

Trial participation decreases with decreasing annual household income.

Does Dying at Home Bring More Peace Without More Pain?

Does Dying at Home Bring More Peace Without More Pain?

Patients and loved ones find greater comfort spending final days together in familiar place.

Older Cancer Patients Heavily Use Health Care Services

Older Cancer Patients Heavily Use Health Care Services

Regardless of chemo intensity, palliative care, hospice rarely used with acute myeloid leukemia.

Can Low-Dose Aspirin, Other NSAIDs Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk?

Can Low-Dose Aspirin, Other NSAIDs Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk?

Findings for consistent use over 5 or more years.

Child Cancer Survivors Face Increased Risk Of Bowel Obstruction Requiring Surgery

Child Cancer Survivors Face Increased Risk Of Bowel Obstruction Requiring Surgery

Survivors of childhood cancer, especially those with abdominopelvic tumors, have higher long-term risk.

Religion, Spirituality May Enhance Health In Cancer Patients

Religion, Spirituality May Enhance Health In Cancer Patients

Three reviews show correlations with measures of physical, mental, and social health outcomes.

Is There A Clinical Connection Between Opioid Use And Breast Cancer Recurrence?

Is There A Clinical Connection Between Opioid Use And Breast Cancer Recurrence?

Clinicians working with breast cancer patients, however, may prescribe narcotics for those suffering from mild to severe pain -- it's not an uncommon practice.

Does More Radiation Up Survival In Low-Risk Prostate Cancer?

Does More Radiation Up Survival In Low-Risk Prostate Cancer?

But higher doses may improve survival in men with intermediate- and high-risk prostate cancers.

Russian Pain Patients Face Treatment Challenges

Russian Pain Patients Face Treatment Challenges

Strengthening regulations on pain medications has been a constant fear among those in the pain management community. While most agree that cracking down on abuse, misuse and overdose is a good thing for everybody, not everyone agrees on the best way to curb these issues. Some believe strict laws could prevent patients from receiving care they need. Case in point, Russia.

Both Omega-3, Placebo Sooth Aromatase Inhibitor-Induced Arthralgia

Both Omega-3, Placebo Sooth Aromatase Inhibitor-Induced Arthralgia

For patients with early breast cancer, there is no difference between improvement with omega-3 and placebo.

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