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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 248-253

Assessment and Management of Cancer Pain in Older Adults: Strategies for Success

Billings Clinic, Billings, Montana, USA

Correspondence Address:
Jeannine M Brant
Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Scientist Billings Clinic, Billings, Montana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_11_18

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Pain is a significant problem in older adults with cancer as older adults often receive suboptimal pain management. While overmedication can lead to adverse effects, under management of pain can lead to physiological and psychological problems such as functional decline and depression. This manuscript will discuss the assessment and management of pain in older adults, in consideration of the pharmacodynamic changes related to aging and other individual considerations. Current evidence from filtered and unfiltered sources, PubMed, current guidelines. Unrelieved pain can have a detrimental impact on older adults. A team approach is essential to assess patients at each encounter, consider the social environment in which the patient resides, and employ pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies that are evidence-based and are tailored to the specific cancer pain syndrome.

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