- All > Medicine Access and Rational Use > Controlled Medicines
- All > Medicine Access and Rational Use > Rational Use
- Keywords > availability - opioid analgesics
- Keywords > cancer and cancer therapeutics
- Keywords > Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
- Keywords > guidelines and standards
- Keywords > national treatment guidelines
- Keywords > opioid analgesics
- Keywords > pain control
- Keywords > pain management
- Keywords > palliative care
- Keywords > treatment guidelines
(1996; 70 pages)
In most part of the world, the majority of cancer patients present with advanced disease. For them, the only realistic treatment option is pain relief and palliative care. In 1996, the first edition of this publication proposed a method for relief of cancer pain, based on a small number of relatively inexpensive drugs, including morphine. Field-testing in several countries demonstrated the efficacy of the method in most cancer patients.
This second edition takes into account many of the advances in understanding and practice that have occurred since the mid-1980s. Each part of the book has been added on opioid availability. It is important to note that cancer pain management should be undertaken as part of comprehensive palliative care.