Key clinical point: Cancer patients may have suboptimal pain management because of concerns about opioid misuse.
Major finding: More than 60% of cancer patients in the study area never received an opioid prescription for pain control.
Study details: Longitudinal exploratory analysis of claims data for 4,324 cancer patients in southwestern Virginia.
Disclosures: The study was supported by the University of Virginia Cancer Center, Cancer Control & Population Health Division and the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. The authors reported having no disclaimers or conflicts of interest.
LeBaron VT et al. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Nov. 4. doi: 10.1200/JOP.19.00149.