Recent Survey Leads to Greater Focus on Pain Management for Cancer Victims

In a recent survey, the American Pain Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting research for effective pain management, found that a majority of cancer patients experience severe pain even when using pain medications.  As a result, the American Pain Foundation has turned its attention to raising awareness and research into what is known as “breakthrough cancer pain,” which is the sudden and unexpected flare-up of severe pain that can occur even if the patient is on pain relief medication.

The American Pain Foundation’s goal is to improve the quality of life for those in pain by providing information, raising awareness, and promoting research to increase effective pain management.  Breakthrough cancer pain can wake cancer patients from their sleep and affect their ability to do certain activities including routine everyday activities.  Many have also reported that breakthrough pain has raised their daily medical expenses and caused increased visits to the doctor.

In response to the results of its recent survey, the American Pain Foundation will feature papers on the topic in their quarterly news letter.  The organization will also host a web-based seminar, provide tips on pain management, have a roundtable discussion with leading medical experts, and have a dedicated online chat.

Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman Is Committed To Better Care For Cancer Patients

For over 30 years, Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman has represented clients with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other illnesses that result from asbestos exposure.  We have worked with the families of our clients during difficult times, and as a result of our experience, we are very aware of the emotional, financial and physical impact of these diseases.   We have collaborated with world-renowned researchers, scientists and medical experts.  We have seen the evolution of cancer care over the years, and we are very encouraged by the progress we have made.

We are told by many of our clients’ families that the hardest part is seeing their loved one in pain.  Thankfully, further research continues in clinical trials, laboratories, and hospitals, and the focus on treatment continues to broaden into new areas that aim to provide patients with better comprehensive care.  The research by the American Pain Foundation is one important step toward helping patients better tolerate their medical treatments, thereby improving their quality of life.

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