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Update on oncological pain in the elderly

Cabezón-Gutiérrez L(1), Gómez-Pavón J(2), Viloria-Jiménez MA(4), Álamo-González C(5), Gil-Gregorio P(6); en representación del Comité de Expertos del Dolor de la Sociedad Española de Geriatría y Gerontología.

(1) Servicio de Oncología Médica, Hospital Universitario de Torrejón, Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, España.
(2) Servicio de Geriatría, Hospital Central de la Cruz Roja, Madrid, España.
(4) Servicio de Geriatría, Unidad de Cuidados Paliativos, Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos, Madrid, España.
(5) Departamento de Farmacología, Universidad de Alcalá Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, España.
(6) Servicio de Geriatría, Unidad de Cuidados Paliativos, Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos, Madrid, España; Coordinador del Comité de Expertos del Dolor de la Sociedad Española de Geriatría y Gerontología, España. 

Magazine: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología

Date: Mar 13, 2015

Anesthesia and Intensive Care [SP]

Abstract

Pain is a prevalent symptom in cancer geriatric patients, appearing in up to 90% of patients with terminal cancer. This requires a multidimensional approach, as there is a high percentage of inappropriate assessments and treatments. Unrecognized or poorly treated pain in the geriatric population, especially in cancer patients, leads to the development of disabling symptoms such as depression, anxiety, isolation, sleep disturbances, and appetite, and very especially, loss of functional capacity and quality of life.

In this review an analysis is made on the most relevant studies on the diagnosis and management of cancer pain in the geriatric population.

CITATION  Rev Esp Geriatr Gerontol. 2015 Mar 13. pii: S0211-139X(15)00028-1. doi: 10.1016/j.regg.2015.02.004.

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