Opioids in Cancer Pain

Paperback | December 15, 2007

EditorKaren Forbes

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The World Health Organisation published 'Cancer Pain Relief' in 1990, advocating simplicity in the choice of analgesic and of route of administration. Since that time an increasing number of opioids for moderate to severe pain in an increasing number of formulations have become available,making professionals' choices about cancer pain management more complex. Part of the Oxford Pain Management Library, this book compares and reviews the current opioids for moderate to severe pain and considers their place in the management of cancer pain, using morphine as the accepted 'gold standard' worldwide. The first sections of the book deal with the principles ofpain management in cancer pain and the range of treatments available for pain due to cancer. Chapters on opioid pharmacology, starting and titrating opioids and managing their adverse effects are followed by discussion about talking to the patient commencing opioids for moderate to severe pain. Sections also include current evidence around opioid prescribing in patients with liver and renal impairment, respiratory disease or a history of substance misuse. This book presents current evidence in a clinically-based, practical and applicable way, so that the book is useful for all healthcareprofessionals caring for patients with pain due to cancer.

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The World Health Organisation published 'Cancer Pain Relief' in 1990, advocating simplicity in the choice of analgesic and of route of administration. Since that time an increasing number of opioids for moderate to severe pain in an increasing number of formulations have become available,making professionals' choices about cancer pain ...

Professor Forbes is the clinical lead for the United Bristol Healthcare Trust's hospital and palliative care team, course director for the University of Bristol MSc in Palliative Medicine and course lead for the medical undergraduate teaching in oncology and palliative medicine.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 7.09 × 3.94 × 0.31 inPublished:December 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199218803

ISBN - 13:9780199218806

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Table of Contents

1. Karen Forbes: Principles of management of pain due to cancer2. Peter Hoskin: The range of treatments for pain due to cancer3. Augusto Caraceni and Stefan Grond: The development and efficacy of the WHO analgesic ladder4. Catherine E. Urch: Opioid receptors5. Karen Forbes and Colette Reid: Starting opioids for moderate to severe pain: talking to the patient6. Marie Fallon: Principles of opioid titration7. Marie Fallon: Management of adverse effects8. Marie Fallon: Morphine9. Colette Reid and Eija Kalso: Oxycodone10. Naeem Ahmed and Catherine E. Urch: Hydromorphone11. Matt Makin: Methadone12. Matt Makin: Other alternative oral opioids13. Luke Feathers and Christina Faull: Transdermal opioids14. Giovambattista Zeppetella: Other routes of opioid administration15. Karen H. Simpson and Ganesan Baranidharan: Spinal opioids16. Jeremy Johnson: Parenteral opioids17. Fliss Murtagh, Polly Edmonds and Chris Farnham: Opioids in special circumstances

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.,."a pleasure to read as well as being brief, authoritative and highly informative. This is a small, genuinely pocket-sized book, but it packs a big punch and reflects accurately the major advances that have been made during the last 20 - 30 years in the understanding of the pathophysiology and management of pain due to cancer...[contains] a chapter on opioid receptors that is a minimalist tour de force."--British Journal of Anaesthesia