How do you provide good pain control and, at the same time, ensure that our patients are safe?” asked Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN, Director of the Cancer Pain Program, Division of Hematology-Oncology, and Research Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. “We've learned to use opioids a little bit more judiciously [than in the past], but the pendulum may have swung a little bit too far in the direction of using opiods in people who may not be the best candidates or using them at higher doses than they should be,” continued Dr. Paice, who is also Past President of the American Pain Society and a member of the NCCN Guidelines Panel for Adult Cancer Pain.
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