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n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Symptom control in cancer management : main article
Management of pain and symptoms extends beyond just physical relief.
Approach requires evaluation, explanation, individualised treatment, supervision and attention to detail.
Causal factors include cancer, treatment, debility and concurrent disorder.
Treatment depends on the underlying pathological mechanism.
Flexibility is key to managing cancer patients.
Morphine is the opioid of choice.
Choose drugs carefully as their side-effects can also compromise quality of life.
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