Cancer pain in palliative care: why is management so difficult?

  title={Cancer pain in palliative care: why is management so difficult?},
  author={Laureen Hemming and David G Maher},
  journal={British journal of community nursing},
  volume={10 8},
Pain is the major source of anxiety and distress at the end of life, particularly in cases of end-stage cancer. However, pain management is not always effective or effectively implemented. This article identifies several barriers to effective pain relief in terminal cancer--the complexity of pain; difficulties in physical, emotional and spiritual assessment; difficulties in the delivery of medication--that challenge the skills of all professionals involved in palliative care. There are no… CONTINUE READING