Cancer-Related Pain: Assessment and Management With Putting Evidence Into Practice Interventions

Jeannine M. Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, FAAN; Linda H. Eaton, PhD, RN, AOCN®; Margaret M. Irwin, PhD, RN, MN


Many evidence-based pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies exist to manage acute, chronic, refractory, and breakthrough cancer pain. This supplement includes an overview of cancer pain assessment, which is the foundation of pain management. Following the overview are four systematic reviews covering 462 studies on cancer pain management. The Oncology Nursing Society Putting Evidence Into Practice (PEP) expert panel summarized the evidence and provided recommendations for practice based on PEP guidelines.


  • Cancer-related pain is a significant problem that can be well managed when evidence-based strategies are implemented.
  • Evidence-based interventions for cancer pain management fall into four categories: acute, chronic, refractory, and breakthrough.
  • Clinicians should use this supplement as a reference to manage pain in daily practice.
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