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Cancer pain

Mercadante, Sebastianoa,b

Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care: June 2013 - Volume 7 - Issue 2 - p 139–143
doi: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e3283610433
PAIN: CANCER: Edited by Anthony H. Dickenson and Paul W. Farquhar-Smith

Purpose of review Cancer pain management is in continuous innovation and new data are available that could change the therapeutical approach and guidelines.

Recent findings There are different fields of research that produce new data and interesting findings. The principal data regard the factors influencing the analgesic response, breakthrough cancer pain management, opioid switching, and pharmacogenetics.

Summary The findings reported in this review provide new ideas to be developed in further studies to confirm or not confirm some suggestive data.

aAnesthesia and Intensive Care Unit and Pain Relief and Palliative Care Unit, La Maddalena Cancer Center

bDepartment of Palliative Medicine, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Correspondence to Sebastiano Mercadante, MD, La Maddalena Cancer Center, Via san lorenzo 312, 90146 Palermo, Italy. Tel: +39 916 806 521; e-mail:;

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