Pain management

Laurie M. Aluce*, Danielle Molloy McCarthy

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pain is a common cause for emergency department visits among patients with cancer. Assessment of the cancer patient should be thorough and include documentation of formal pain scale assessments as well as a search for factors that could precipitate an acute pain crisis. Pain should be managed aggressively and reassessed frequently as acute pain syndromes may evolve rapidly. The emergency physician has many medications at their disposal to control pain acutely. Analgesic choices will vary with the clinical situation, but decision-making should incorporate what is understood about the underlying clinical pathophysiology of the malignant process, the current analgesic regimen, as well as pain severity. Finally, it is important to be aware of patient and family goals of care and to engage the oncologic or palliative care team throughout the visit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOncologic Emergency Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice: Second Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030671235
ISBN (Print)9783030671228
StatePublished - Apr 22 2021


  • Adjuvant medications
  • Analgesia
  • Breakthrough pain
  • Equianalgesic dose
  • NSAID analgesics
  • Oligoanalgesia
  • Opioid analgesics
  • Opioid side effects
  • Pain management
  • Palliative sedation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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