Cancer-related breakthrough pain

Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2006 Aug;67(8):414-6. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2006.67.8.21960.


Breakthrough pain is a common problem in patients with cancer, and is associated with significant morbidity among this group of patients. This review examines the different types of breakthrough pain, and the various options for the management of breakthrough pain.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Buccal
  • Administration, Oral
  • Analgesics, Opioid / therapeutic use*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Fentanyl / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / complications*
  • Pain / classification
  • Pain / drug therapy*
  • Pain / etiology


  • Analgesics, Opioid
  • Fentanyl