Lingering pain is a problem for cancer patients, survey shows

09/20/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A survey of 3,000 cancer patients found almost two-thirds continued to have pain or were taking pain medications a month after oncology visits, according to a study in Journal of Clinical Oncology, writes Dr. Pauline Chen in this blog post. While physicians have focused more on pain in response to past findings that cancer patients don't get enough relief, underestimation of the complexity of pain management may remain an obstacle, researchers said.

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