Survey of patients shows that cancer pain still undertreatedBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7272.1309/b (Published 25 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1309
- Susan Mayor
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 …