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European Nurse Society Calls to Action on Breakthrough Cancer Pain
Date:10/7/2010

nursing practice across Europe.

"Assessment and management of breakthrough cancer pain depends on the education and knowledge of the healthcare team, especially nurses, who work closely with patients and their families. This survey should pinpoint the needs and will lead to improvements in the management of breakthrough cancer pain," says Associate Professor Sultan Kav, President of EONS.

The need for an initiative like this is recognised by the international palliative care committee formed with the purpose of improving palliative care for cancer patients:

"An initiative like this is very important. Supportive and palliative care is far from fully integrated into medical oncology practice. Variations in cancer pain intensity are highly prevalent, yet the phenomenon of Breakthrough Cancer Pain is not well understood. Hopefully this initiative will lead to a better understanding of these episodes and how they are best managed to the benefit of cancer patients across Europe," says Dr. Nathan Cherny, Chair of The Palliative Care Working Group (PCWG) under ESMO.

To learn more about the Breakthrough Cancer Pain Initiative, please visit: http://www.cancernurse.eu/research/breakthroughcancerpain.html. The initiative is supported with an educational grant by Nycomed International GmbH.

About EONS

The European Oncology Nursing Society is a pan-European organisation founded in 1984 and registered as an independent charity. Its activities aim to promote a healthier future for people affected by cancer, ensuring that they will benefit from the care of well educated, perceptive and proficient cancer nurses. EONS represents the voice of more than 22.000 cancer nurses. For more information, please visit: http://www.cancernurse.eu

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