Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Fast Facts on Breakthrough Cancer Pain

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Fast Facts on Breakthrough Cancer Pain

Article excerpt

Pain is one of the most common, yet misunderstood and feared symptoms of cancer.

What is breakthrough cancer pain?

* Breakthrough cancer pain (BTCP) is different from ongoing, persistent pain.

* Unlike persistent pain (sometimes called baseline or background pain) that develops gradually and lasts at least 12 hours a day, BTCP strikes suddenly It is usually unpredictable, lasts for an average of 30 minutes and is often described as sharp, shooting, and radiating.

* While there is no universally accepted definition of BTCP--even among many of the world s leading experts--most agree that these sudden, short-lived episodes of moderate-to-severe pain emerge spontaneously or in response to a specific activity or movement, despite otherwise stable or adequately controlled baseline or background pain.

* BTCP is often reported to be:

--Frequent

--Comes on rapidly

--Short in duration

--Moderate-to-severe in intensity

What are the triggers?

* Episodes of BTCP can:

--Be triggered by a specific activity or movement, for example, walking, dressing, changing positions, or even something as simple as coughing or sneezing

--Occur unexpectedly without warning

How many people are affected? …

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