Pain management in patients with malignant mesothelioma: challenges and solutions

J Saunders, M Ashton, C Hall, B Laird, N MacLeod

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Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive cancer with a considerable symptom burden and poor prognosis. Focus on maintaining patients' quality of life and pain control is therefore paramount. Pain management in MPM is complex due to its multifactorial etiology resulting from direct tumor infiltration of the surrounding soft tissue, bone, and encasement of the intercostal nerves. A variety of treatment modalities, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological options, are often required to achieve adequate pain control in this challenging disease. This review article examines the current challenges and solutions available for pain management in MPM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalLung Cancer: Targets and Therapy
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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