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Airing Pain 101: Persistent Post-Operative Pain in Cancer Survivors

How can­cer sur­vivors can expe­ri­ence post-oper­a­tive pain, and con­fronting the nation­al issue of post-can­cer treatment

This edi­tion is fund­ed by The Agnes Hunter Trust.

An ever-increas­ing can­cer sur­vivor rate means chron­ic pain asso­ci­at­ed with the con­di­tion and its treat­ment is grow­ing. In the UK alone, can­cer sur­vivor rates have dou­bled in the last 40 years, from 24% to 50%.[1]

In this edi­tion of Air­ing Pain, Paul Evans speaks to Dr Paul Far­quhar-Smith, con­sul­tant in anaes­the­sia and pain med­i­cine at The Roy­al Mars­den Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don, and co-author of Pain in Can­cer Sur­vivors; fill­ing in the gaps.

Dr Far­quhar-Smith explains how post-sur­gi­cal pain in can­cer sur­vivors can be caused by dam­age to the ner­vous sys­tem, what can­cer treat­ments may be asso­ci­at­ed with this pain, and what pre-surgery steps can be tak­en to reduce it.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Avail­abil­i­ty of pain ser­vices, can­cer, chemother­a­py, edu­cat­ing health­care pro­fes­sion­als, fund­ing of pain ser­vices, gabapentin and pre­ga­balin, gas­tro-intesti­nal tract, GP, head surgery, lung surgery, med­ica­tion, neck surgery, ner­vous sys­tem, neu­ro­path­ic pain, phys­io­ther­a­py, pol­i­cy, post-sur­gi­cal pain, psy­chol­o­gy, radio­ther­a­py, risk fac­tors, tho­ra­co­to­my and tran­si­tion­al patients.


  • Dr Paul Far­quhar-Smith, Con­sul­tant in Anaes­ther­sia at the Roy­al Mars­den Hos­pi­tal Lon­don, and co-author, with Dr Math­ew Brown, of Pain in Can­cer Sur­vivors; fill­ing in the gaps.

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