First guide in Spain for the interdisciplinary approach to cancer pain
The Spanish Society of Palliative Care (SECPAL), the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM), the Spanish Society of Pain (SED) and the Spanish Society of Radiation Oncology (SEOR) have developed the first guide for the interdisciplinary approach to cancer pain. It will help professionals to prevent cancer pain and improve quality of life of patients.
The manual, prepared with the collaboration of Grünenthal Pharma, recalls that present treatments manage to control pain in more than 90 percent of cases but, despite this, "the consequences of suboptimal pain management are devastating for functionality and quality of patients' lives”.
Therefore, the coordinator of the guide and deputy director of the journal Palliative Medicine of SECPAL, Alberto Alonso, encourages the work of all professionals so "patients can benefit from all the possibilities of different treatments and, on the other hand, it ensures continuity of care"
The guide includes practical and theoretical aspects highlighting evidences and collecting the experience of the four representative societies in the approach to oncological pain. Currently, analgesics and possible combinations for each type of pain allow a balance between efficacy and safety. In addition, a good knowledge of side effects will help health professionals to prevent cancer pain and improve the quality of life of patients.
It also offers different points of view of all the specialties involved since, according to this expert, the most common cause of pain in cancer patients is precisely the absence of an adequate integration among professionals.
"We cannot allow cancer pain due to lack of training. This is the big challenge that the guide will help to fulfil ", added Juan Antonio Virizuela, also coordinator of the guide and representative of SEOM.
Further information can be found here