Adult cancer pain: Clinical practice guidelines in oncology

Robert Swarm, Amy Pickar Abernethy, Doralina L. Anghelescu, Costantino Benedetti, Craig D. Blinderman, Barry Boston, Charles Cleeland, Nessa Coyle, Oscar A. DeLeon-Casasola, June G. Eilers, Betty Ferrell, Nora A. Janjan, Sloan Beth Karver, Michael H. Levy, Maureen Lynch, Natalie Moryl, Barbara A. Murphy, Suzanne A. Nesbit, Linda Oakes, Eugenie A. ObbensJudith A. Paice, Michael W. Rabow, Karen L. Syrjala, Susan Urba, Sharon M. Weinstein

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In most patients, cancer pain can be successfully controlled with appropriate techniques and safe drugs. The overall approach to pain management encompassed in these guidelines is comprehensive. It is based on routine pain assessments, utilizes both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions, and requires ongoing reevaluation of the patient. The NCCN Adult Cancer Pain Guidelines panel advises that cancer pain can be well controlled in the vast majority of patients if the algorithms presented are systematically applied, carefully monitored, and tailored to the needs of the individual patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1046-1047+1077-1086
JournalJNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2010



  • Cancer
  • Malignancy
  • NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • NCCN Guidelines
  • Pain
  • Pain assessment
  • Pain intensity rating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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Swarm, R., Abernethy, A. P., Anghelescu, D. L., Benedetti, C., Blinderman, C. D., Boston, B., Cleeland, C., Coyle, N., DeLeon-Casasola, O. A., Eilers, J. G., Ferrell, B., Janjan, N. A., Karver, S. B., Levy, M. H., Lynch, M., Moryl, N., Murphy, B. A., Nesbit, S. A., Oakes, L., ... Weinstein, S. M. (2010). Adult cancer pain: Clinical practice guidelines in oncology. JNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 8(9), 1046-1047+1077-1086.