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Epidural Steroid Injections for the Management of Spinal Malignancy‐Related Pain: A Pragmatic Review and Retrospective Study

Spinal malignancy‐related pain results from tumor, fracture, instability, inflammation, and/or nerve root/spinal cord compression. Systemic corticosteroids are commonly used but have many undesirable adverse effects that impact quality of life and continuation of cancer treatments. Epidural steroid injections (ESI) may be a viable alternative pain treatment. Read more.

Study Bolsters Patient-Controlled Analgesia for Cancer Pain

AAPM member Kenneth Candido, MD, comments on a study regarding patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) IV hydromorphone titration provides quicker analgesic effect, higher patient satisfaction and a similar tolerability compared with non-PCA administration in patients with severe cancer pain. The findings come from a phase 3, randomized clinical trial involving 214 patients that was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Read more.

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.

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 current stimulation is used for patients with brain injuries such as strokes as well as for mental health issues such as depression and may help to control pain in cancer patients with chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy.

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