PAIN & PALLIATIVE CARE

Dr Swarnalatha MC, Dr Ramakrishna HK

Abstract


Cancer incidence is rising every day. Initially, patients are offered curative treatment in the form of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy etc... At
certain point of the course of the disease, both patient and doctor realise that curative treatment is no longer useful and death is inevitable. Many
times they leave the patient to suffer. Patients are frequently exhausted economically, physically and emotionally. They need lot of psychological
and economical support. A holistic approach is needed. Lot of misconceptions surrounds morphine's use which leads to gross underutilization of
this drug. This article highlights various aspects of palliative care and use of morphine for pain relief.


Keywords


Cancer pain, Palliative care, Morphine, Holistic approach, Euthanasia

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