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Tufts OpenCourseware
Authors: Soledad Cepeda, M.D.,Ph.D., Daniel B. Carr

1. Content and Objectives

  • Epidemiology of cancer pain

  • Cancer pain mechanisms and major syndromes

  • Interventions:

    • pharmacotherapy

    • invasive therapies

2. Required Readings

  • Chapter 8. In: Cepeda MS, Cousins MJ, Carr DB. Fast Facts: Chronic Pain. Oxford: Health Press; 2007 (Required text).

  • Portenoy,R.K. Cancer pain management. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol 2005;3:30-32.

  • Lipscomb J, Donaldson MS, Hiatt RA. Cancer outcomes research and the arenas of application. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2004 (33):1-7.

  • Goudas LC, Carr DB, et al. Executive Summary. Management of cancer pain. Evidence Report/Technology assessment, Number 35.

  • Goudas LC, Bloch R, Gialeli-Goudas M, Lau J, Carr DB. The epidemiology of cancer pain. Cancer Invest 2005;23:182-190.