Management of cancer-related pain

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2009 May;27(2):179-94. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2009.01.002.


Patients and families struggling with cancer fear pain more than any other physical symptom. There are also significant barriers to optimal pain management in the emergency setting, including lack of knowledge, inexperienced clinicians, myths about addiction, and fears of complications after discharge. In this article, we review the assessment and management options for cancer-related pain based on the World Health Organization (WHO) 3-step approach.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics, Non-Narcotic / administration & dosage
  • Analgesics, Opioid / administration & dosage*
  • Analgesics, Opioid / adverse effects
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Drug Tolerance
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / complications*
  • Pain / diagnosis
  • Pain / drug therapy*
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain Measurement
  • Palliative Care


  • Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
  • Analgesics, Opioid