Morphine and chronic cancer pain
The original publication is available at http://www.samj.org.za
CITATION: Smit, B.J. 2001. Morphine and chronic cancer pain. South African Medical Journal, 91(10):786-787.
Cancer pain can be broken down into the following categories: (i),pain caused by the cancer process itself, i.e. bony invasion or nerve compression or infiltration that is likely to present with the features of acute pain; (ii) pain arising from the treatment for the cancer process and likely to present as chronic pain - this might include pain resulting from radical surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy; and (hi) bedsores, chronic infection or constipation, which may become part of the pain syndrome.