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Survey of patients shows that cancer pain still undertreated

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 25 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1309
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Pain in cancer continues to be inadequately managed, according to a report of a survey of UK patients with cancer published this week.

    More than two thirds (70%) of the 157 patients with cancer taking part in the survey reported that they had experienced pain as a result of their cancer. An even higher proportion (77%) had experienced pain as a result of their treatment.

    Many study participants had been inadequately prepared for this pain and many did not ask for help. Just under half (46%) of the participants had been told to expect pain, and more than a third of said they had not been …

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