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Intrathecal Drug Delivery and Spinal Cord Stimulation for Cancer Pain: A Review

Intrathecal Drug Delivery and Spinal Cord Stimulation for Cancer Pain: A Review

Intrathecal drug delivery systems and spinal cord stimulation have shown promise for the treatment of cancer pain in initial studies.

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Pain Management Index Scores May Not Be Indicative of Treatment Success

Pain Management Index Scores May Not Be Indicative of Treatment Success

Pain Management Index scores were found to be inversely associated with the percentage of patients who experience pain interference.

Polymorphisms Associated With Higher Opioid Requirements in Advanced Cancer

Polymorphisms Associated With Higher Opioid Requirements in Advanced Cancer

Two single nucleotide polymorphisms in the gene encoding for TAO kinase 3 were found to be associated with higher opioid dose requirements in patients with cancer pain.

Cancer Patients Treated With Step III Opioids Often Have Sleep Disturbances

Cancer Patients Treated With Step III Opioids Often Have Sleep Disturbances

The majority of patients with cancer who are being treated with World Health Organization Step III opioids were found to experience poor sleep quality, often due to pain.

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

In a randomized study, researchers sought to determine the effect of IV injections of coix seed oil, a Chinese CAM, on pain and quality of life measures for patients with advanced cancer.

Senior Patients With Bone Metastasis Also Benefit From Palliative Radiotherapy

Senior Patients With Bone Metastasis Also Benefit From Palliative Radiotherapy

All patients with painful bone metastasis should be referred for palliative radiotherapy to relieve the pain, regardless of age.

Cryoablation Efficacious for Cancer Pain, Review Finds

Cryoablation Efficacious for Cancer Pain, Review Finds

Researchers conducted a systematic literature review to identify articles that evaluated the efficacy of cryoablation to control cancer pain.

Art Intervention Clinically Effective in Treating Cancer-Related Pain, Mood Symptoms

Art Intervention Clinically Effective in Treating Cancer-Related Pain, Mood Symptoms

Art-based interventions could be easily implemented as an adjunct to conventional therapies for cancer-related pain and mood symptoms.

Many Oncologists Discuss, Recommend Medical Marijuana

Many Oncologists Discuss, Recommend Medical Marijuana

Many oncologists recommend medical marijuana clinically despite not feeling sufficiently knowledgeable about its utility.

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.