A Cancer Pain Tutorial

A Comprehensive Visual Short Course
on Cancer Pain Management



Psychiatric Interventions for Pain
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Cancer pain is clearly multidimensional in nature Issues commonly of concern to cancer patients in pain are:

  • The Meaning of Pain
  • Fear of Death
  • Depressed Mood
  • Hopelessness
  • Perception of Control


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Statistics from a large group of cancer patients surveyed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute indicate 50% percent of patients with cancer pain have psychiatric disorders. These disorders include:

  • Reactive Anxiety and Depression
  • Major Depression
  • Organic Mental Disorder
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The Goals of Psychotherapy in Cancer Patient are to:
  • Provide Emotional Support
  • Provide Knowledge
  • Provide Coping Skill