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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74--81

Cancer and treatment related pains in patients with cervical carcinoma

Palliative Care Unit, Christian Medical College, Vellore-632004, India

Correspondence Address:
Reena George
Palliative Care Unit, Christian Medical College, Vellore-632004
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.19183

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Pain in carcinoma cervix is a multidimensional experience with sensory, affective and cognitive-evaluative components. Many patients do not receive adequate pain management because of a lack of proper assessment, misconceptions regarding the pharmacologic and non pharmacologic methods of pain management and failure to distinguish between different types of pain. In our audit pelvic and nodal recurrence were the commonest cause of pain presenting as as pelvic pain, [42%], lumbosacral plexopathy [40%] and abdominal pain [34%] [n = 30]. Pain on defaecation caused by rectal obstruction, and suprapubic pain due to pyometra can be relieved by colostomy and drainage. Very little literature is available on the pain syndromes associated with carcinoma cervix. The present article is a review of cancer and treatment related pains in carcinoma cervix.


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