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Pain Awareness Month With Nida Khan, MD, and Joseph Kalis, PharmD, BCOP

This interview features Oncology Data Advisor Fellows Forum member Dr. Nida Khan, a Medical Oncology and Palliative Care Fellow at The Ohio State University, and Editorial Board member Dr. Joseph Kalis, Ambulatory Oncology Pharmacy Specialist at the University of Colorado Health, in a multidisciplinary conversation for Pain Awareness Month. Dr. Khan and Dr. Kalis explain the different types of pain trajectories, particularly for patients with cancer, and the unique ways in which they approach pain management in their different specialties.  

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Acupuncture and Acupressure Shown to Relieve Cancer Pain

Acupuncture and acupressure for cancer pain are associated with decreased pain and reduced use of analgesics, according to a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials now published in JAMA Oncology. Over 70% of patients with cancer experience pain. For almost half of these patients, that pain is not sufficiently controlled. Pharmacologic interventions can provide effective pain relief, but they can have adverse effects, and the use of opioids poses a substantial risk of addiction. In light of ...

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Avoiding Narcotics in Post-Surgery Cancer Pain Management

​Opioid addiction, which is currently so widespread that it amounts to a national crisis, often starts with the legitimate use of prescription pain medication after surgery or as a result of another medical condition. For this reason, it is essential to develop non-narcotic strategies to handle pain. A team of researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania did just that, designing a program that successfully managed post-surgery pain for patients with urolo...

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