44% Say ‘Breakthrough’ Cancer Pain Uncontrolled

Nearly half of patients suffering breakthrough cancer pain — intense bouts of crippling pain — say treatment does not offer adequate relief.
On average, patients rate the pain as 7.4 on a 10-point scale where 10 is the worst pain imaginable. Over half of patients rank the pain as 8, 9, or 10, according to a Harris survey commissioned by the American Pain Foundation.
“We’re not talking about minor aches and pains,” American Pain Foundation CEO Will Rowe says in a news release. “These severe flares of pain often strike without warning, leaving many people fearful of the next crippling episode.”

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