Clinical Guidelines

Cancer pain management

Cancer pain management in adults clinical guidelines

This guideline provides brief, point-of-care recommendations for screening, assessment and management of cancer-related pain in adults. It focuses on chronic pain rather than acute pain caused by cancer treatments or pain in cancer survivors (which is best addressed by referral to a specialist pain medicine physician). Future work is planned to develop guidelines for the management of acute pain in people with cancer.

The guideline makes recommendations about both pharmacological and non-pharmacological management as well as patient awareness and self-management. These recommendations are specific to adults and should not be used as a guide to pain management in children with cancer.

Cancer pain management in adults

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