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Factors that increase risk of persistent pain after breast cancer surgery are identified

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 14 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3898
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 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 …

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