Research Article

Pain relief in active patients with cancer: the early use of nerve blocks improves the quality of life.

BMJ 1989; 298 doi: (Published 07 January 1989) Cite this as: BMJ 1989;298:37
  1. S. Lipton
  1. Pain Relief Foundation, Liverpool.


    Analgesic drugs are the first line of pain relief in cancer, but they should not be the only treatment offered. If nerve blocks and other destructive procedures are to be used they should be used early with conviction and persistence. They might not be being used because there are not enough doctors who can use them properly.