Procedural pain management in patients with cancer
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Procedural pain management in patients with cancer

Eamon McMonagle Senior clinical nurse specialist, Pain Service, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • » To understand the procedural pain that may be experienced by patients in general, and by those with cancer specifically

  • » To provide strategies that can assist patients to manage procedural pain

  • » To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • » To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Pain has been identified as one of the most significant factors in patients’ experience of cancer and its treatment. Pain experienced during cancer treatment procedures such as radiotherapy can be unpleasant and distressing for the patient, as well as for their family and carers. Nurses have an important role in assessing and managing any pain associated with such procedures. This article explores the procedural pain that may be experienced by patients in general, and by those with cancer specifically, and details the pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies that nurses can use to manage this challenging complication.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11105


McMonagle E (2018) Procedural pain management in patients with cancer. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11105

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 06 June 2018

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