Managing pain in advanced cancer settings: an expert guidance and conversation tool
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Managing pain in advanced cancer settings: an expert guidance and conversation tool

Barry Quinn Director of nursing/senior lecturer, Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, Woking, England
Diana Luftner Senior consultant, Charite University, Berlin, Germany
Mario Di Palma Head, ambulatory department, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France
Susan Dargan Lead nurse, palliative care, Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Trust, Chertsey, England
Lissandra Dal Lago Medical oncologist and associate head of clinic, Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels, Belgium
Lawrence Drudges-Coates Urological oncology clinical nurse specialist, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

The Managing Advanced Cancer Pain Together (MACPT) group is a team of European experts in pain management who recognise that, despite the great advances in cancer treatment and care, many people living with advanced cancer still receive suboptimal pain management, leading to distress and suffering. The MACPT group takes a person-centred approach to understanding and addressing all aspects of people’s pain, and believes that pain management can be improved. Building on international guidance and expert opinion, the group, working with patients with advanced cancer, has developed clinical based and easy to use MACPT guidance to support those working in the field. The guidance includes the newly developed MACPT conversation tool, to help people with cancer, and those caring for them, to talk about the hidden aspects of pain. The guidance and tool are available in English, French and German, and will be translated into other languages. This article discusses management of cancer pain and describes how to use the conversation tool.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 16, 10, 27-34. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2017.e1450


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Received: 06 June 2017

Accepted: 21 July 2017

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