Navigation Links
1 in 5 Cancer Survivors Suffers Chronic Pain, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of cancer survivors experience pain, and the risk is highest among black and female patients, finds a new study.

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System surveyed nearly 200 U.S. cancer survivors and found that 43 percent had experienced pain since their diagnosis, and 20 percent suffered chronic cancer-related pain at least two years later.

Among white patients, the most significant source of pain was cancer surgery (53.8 percent), and among black patients the greatest source of pain was cancer treatment (46.2 percent), according to the report.

In addition, the study found that compared to men, women had more pain, more pain flare-ups, more disability due to pain and were more depressed because of pain.

The authors also noted that black patients were more likely to report greater severity of pain and more pain-related disability, and also expressed more concern about harmful pain treatment side effects.

The study was released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the journal Cancer.

"All in all, the high prevalence of cancer and pain and now chronic cancer pain among these survivors, especially blacks and women, shows there's more work to be done in improving the quality of care and research," lead author and pain medicine specialist Dr. Carmen R. Green, a professor of anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology and health management and policy at the University of Michigan, said in a university news release.

Poor pain management may be the result of patient and physician attitudes and lack of knowledge, the researchers suggested. For example, patients and doctors may minimize pain complaints because they're worried about the pain medication side effects, such as addiction, or fear that pain is a sign that the cancer has gotten worse.

"When necessary and appropriate there are a variety of therapies available to address pain and improve [patients'] well-being," Green said.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about cancer survivorship.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Michigan, news release, Jan. 12, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Enhancing arrest of cell growth to treat cancer in mice
2. Paxil Blocks Tamoxifen, Lowers Survival Odds Against Breast Cancer
3. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship Joins the Commission on Cancer
4. Low forms of cyclin E reduce breast cancer drugs effectiveness
5. Racial disparities persist in the diagnosis of advanced breast cancer and colon cancer in the U.S.
6. Soft drinks may increase risk of pancreatic cancer
7. UH Case Medical Center researchers publish promising findings for advanced cervical cancer
8. Genes Play Role in Prognosis With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers
9. Single gene mutation induces endometrial cancer
10. Certain genetic profiles associated with recurrence-free survival for non-small cell lung cancer
11. Molecular pathways linked to sex, age affect outcomes in lung cancer
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
1 in 5 Cancer Survivors Suffers Chronic Pain, Study Finds 
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... “While riding the bus, I saw a passenger in a wheelchair drenched ... be a convenient and comfortable way to protect them from bad weather, so I ... travel during cold or inclement weather. In doing so, it ensures that the user ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Privately owned Contract Development ... expansion of its current state of the art research, development and manufacturing facility ... increase its manufacturing capacity as well as to support its clients’ growing research ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Students and parents have something to be thankful ... Create Real Impact awards. California Casualty is proud to support the contest ... distracted and reckless driving, the number one killer of young drivers. , Almost ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Mississauga, ON (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... ... Deborah Williams without a referral for dental implants at her Mississauga, ON ... qualified and experienced in the placement of dental implants. , Missing teeth can ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Catalent ... for drugs, biologics, consumer health and global clinical supply services, today announced that ... Clinical Trial Supply East Asia Conference, to be held at the InterContinental Seoul ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015 Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ... , President and CEO, will discuss corporate updates at the ... New York on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 ... on Investor Relations, and then the link to the event. ... start time to visit the site and download any streaming ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015 Asia -based ... BioLight and the New Investors will make a direct ... a private placement. The financing will help IOPtima to ... used in the treatment of glaucoma, as well as ... IOPtimate™ system with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015 - Will Also Offer ... (CME) --> - Will Also ... (CME) --> - Will ... Medical Education (CME) Elsevier , a ... will feature latest diagnostic imaging textbooks and decision support tools, as ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: