Factors that increase risk of persistent pain after breast cancer surgery are identifiedBMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3898 (Published 14 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3898
- Barbara Kermode-Scott
- Vancouver Island
The biggest risk factor for persistent pain after breast cancer surgery is node removal, a study has found. Younger age, radiography, and greater acute postoperative pain and preoperative pain were also associated with persistent pain.1
Some 25-60% of patients who have surgery for breast cancer experience persistent post-surgical pain, which is linked to reduced quality of life and functional impairment.
For the study, researchers from Brazil, Canada, China, Ireland, Spain, and …