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Turkish Journal of Cancer
2004, Volume 34, Number 3, Page(s) 114-117
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The opinions of the cancer patients about pain management: A questionnaire study
BÜLENT YALÇIN, FİLİZ ÇAY ŞENLER, ABDULLAH BÜYÜKÇELİK, GÜNGÖR UTKAN, İBRAHİM TEK, HATİCE DORUK, HAKAN AKBULUT, FİKRİ İÇLİ
Ankara University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Oncology, Ankara-Turkey

The aim of this study is to evaluate the opinions of patients with cancer related pain about analgesics, by using a questionnaire. All patients with chronic cancer pain were given questionnaires by the primary physicians who have been treating them. One hundred eleven cancer patients with median age of 52 years (range: 21-75) were entered the study. The pain was relieved completely by analgesics in only 50 patients (45%). Thirty-one (27,9%) patients took the prescribed analgesics regularly. Forty (36%) patients believed frequent uses will lead to addiction to analgesics. Significant positive correlation was observed between using narcotic analgesics and regular use of them (p=0.024) plus patients belief of improvement and good communication with physician (p=0.03) [Turk J Cancer 2004;34(3):114-117]

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