Guidelines for Managing Chronic Cancer Pain: More Similar Than Not

AAPM member, Kenneth Candido, MD, comments on a comparative analysis published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network focusing on bridging the gap among clinical practice guidelines for pain manageme...
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Treatment Effectiveness and Medication Use Reduction for Older Adults in Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation

To examine the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program (IPRP) that incorporates medication tapering on improving pain-related and performance-based outcomes for older adults with chronic noncanc...
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Scrambler Therapy for the Reduction of Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathic Pain

This trial studies how well scrambler therapy works in reducing chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain in patients with cancer. Scrambler therapy is a type of treatment that uses electrodes placed on the skin. Electricity...
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‘Impressed with Impact' of Ketamine in Cancer Palliative Care

Toronto psychiatrist Madeline Li, MD, PhD, is running the only registered study to investigate ketamine specifically for the treatment of depression in cancer patients. 

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Persistent Post-Mastectomy Pain: Randomized Clinical Trial of Targeted Pain Coping Skills Training

The purpose of this study is to test a skills training program to help with coping skills for pain that was designed specifically for women with persistent pain after breast cancer surgery.

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Analysis Supports Acupuncture for Cancer Pain

Use of acupuncture and acupressure led to significant improvement in cancer-associated pain and a reduction in analgesic medication, a meta-analysis showed . Full story.  

Neuropathic Pain in Advanced Cancer: Causes and Management

Abstract: Managing neuropathic pain in patients with advanced cancer can be challenging: it often requires an adjuvant analgesic and what works for one person may not work for another. Pain that is unresponsive to pharmacological approaches may require interventional procedures that are not usual in pain management. The effect of neuropathic cancer pain on patients is multidimensional and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Nurses play a key role in assessing the severity of the pain and its impact on quality of life, along with managing treatments.

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Use of Gabapentinoid Medications among US Adults with Cancer, 2005-2015

  Abstract: BACKGROUND:  Gabapentinoid use for long-term cancer pain control may be problematic, given unclear mechanisms of action and increased concerns for physical dependence. The purpose of this report is ...
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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Reducing Pain in Cancer Patients With Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

  Brief Summary:This early phase I trial studies how well transcranial direct current stimulation works in reducing pain in cancer patients with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. Transcranial direct curren...
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Pain, Psychological, and Endocannabinoid Responses to Yoga in Breast Cancer Survivors with Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathic Pain

This study evaluates the acute effect of aerobic exercise and yoga on pain, plasma levels of endocannabinoids, and mood (i.e., mood disturbance and anxiety). Participants will complete three separate sessions on differen...
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Finding Non-Opioid Alternatives for Cancer Pain

Even without specific opioid prescription guidelines for cancer patients, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center uses various pain treatment strategies, ranging from blocking nerves and stimulating the spinal cord to injec...
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Self-Management Interventions for Chronic Pain Relief With Cancer Survivors (NCT03867760)

This study will evaluate the efficacy of a recorded hypnosis intervention in reducing chronic pain among cancer survivors and will explore its biological and psychological mechanisms. 

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