Seniors undertreated for cancer pain

Older Cancer Patients Often Undertreated for Severe Pain Even when suffering severe pain, one-third of older cancer patients were not taking the strongest painkillers (opiods such as morphine, oxycodone or fentanyl) that could have helped ease that pain, according to a recent large Canadian study. The most likely reasons were that physicians were not prescribing the medicines,…  Read More

Problems Sleeping Bother Both Cancer Patients and Survivors

Nearly one in three people with cancer, both with those with active cancer and cancer survivors, report  having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much. Pain and emotional distress were often associated with sleep problems.

Music Eases Cancer Pain

Listening to just thirty minutes of music significantly reduced pain and distress for cancer patients. The patients were receiving medication, but still had pain. Music reduced pain scores by more than 50 percent for almost half of them compared to fewer than 1 in 10 similar patients who just rested in bed.

FDA Approves Cancer Breakthrough Pain Drug with Safeguards

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new opiate drug for severe breakthrough cancer pain.  However, Onsolis® will only be available through a restricted distribution program. As part of an FDA-required Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy, or REMS, only health care providers, pharmacies, and patients registered with the FOCUS program will be able to prescribe, dispense,…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: June 25

Farrah Fawcett died on Thursday, June 25, 2009 of anal cancer that had spread to her liver.  She was 62.  Anal cancer is much more rare than either colon or rectal cancer, affecting about 5,300 Americans in 2009. 710 will die from it. In other headlines, the Caterpillar company works with Peoria hospitals and doctors to…  Read More

Treatment for Severe Cancer Pain: Women Versus Men

Are men and women with severe cancer pain treated in the same way? Although both sexes reported the same level of worst pain in a past week, men were more likely to have a prescription for high-potency pain medicine and receive higher doses of morphine. Women being first evaluated at a cancer pain clinic reported more…  Read More