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Cancer pain management inadequate in opioid-saturated areas

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.