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Patients with cancer do not seek pain relief in Hungary

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7300.1444/a (Published 16 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1444
  1. Carl Kovac
  1. Budapest

    The majority of the estimated 200 000 people with cancer in Hungary are unaware that their pain can be effectively controlled or are reluctant to seek relief, according to a survey of 142 patients across the country which was conducted by the Hungarian Anticancer League.

    Dr Artúrné Vasváry, secretary general of the league, said that 83% of the country's patients with cancer “constantly suffer pain and don't think there is any relief [available].”

    The survey used international data to emphasise that pain can be alleviated in 95% of cases of cancer; 80% of the time it can be controlled by drug treatment and …

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