Pain is a common symptom among patients with cancer. Adequate pain assessment and management are critical to improve the quality of life and health outcomes in this population. In this review, the authors provide a framework for safely and effectively managing cancer-related pain by summarizing the evidence for the importance of controlling pain, the barriers to adequate pain management, strategies to assess and manage cancer-related pain, how to manage pain in patients at risk of substance use disorder, and considerations when managing pain in a survivorship population. CA Cancer J Clin 2018;68:182–196.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-196
Number of pages15
JournalCa-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2018


  • addiction
  • adjuvant
  • cancer
  • opioid
  • pain assessment
  • pain management


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