Cancer Pain Management
Pain is a common symptom experienced by patients with cancer, from diagnosis through survivorship, and is characterized as being acute, chronic, breakthrough, and refractory/intractable. Whether as a result of disease or disease-related treatment, pain causes significant physical and psychosocial burdens. A uniquely personal experience, pain markedly affects the quality of an individual’s life, increases vulnerability in an already vulnerable population, and engenders dependence on healthcare providers for access to adequate pain management (National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 2019; Paice et al., 2016). As members of interprofessional teams involved in practice, education, administration, and research, oncology nurses are in a pivotal position to improve cancer pain management.