chronic pain

Patient’s rights mandate that every patient in chronic pain has the right to receive proper and effective treatment. It is widely acceptable that opioids can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life, irrespectable of the etiology of pain, either cancer or non-cancer.

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Opioid analgesics are widely accepted as first-line treatment for moderate to severe cancer pain: while their use in patients with non-cancer pain syndromes has increased substantially over the last years. However, opioid analgesia produces numerous adverse effects. These effects have a negative impact on patient’s quality of life, may impair adherence to treatment and finally limitate opioid use.

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Opioid use for cancer pain is well established in medical literature. Recommended by the european guidelines (European Society for Medical Oncology - ESMO, European Association for Palliative Care – EAPC), the World Health Organization (WHO) analgesic ladder remains the gold standard in cancer pain management.

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