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Non-pharmacological treatments for chronic musculoskeletal pain: benefits and drawbacks

Professor Suzanne McDonough considers the pros and cons of physical therapy, acupuncture and other non-pharmacological treatments for chronic musculoskeletal pain

Diagnosis and management of chronic pain in cancer survivors

Dr Elaine Boland and Professor Sam H Ahmedzai discuss chronic pain in cancer survivors, including its causes, assessment, management and impact on quality of life

Opioid switching – rationale, indications and method in cancer pain patients

Dr Sebastiano Mercadante considers the situation in cancer pain patients where increasing the dosage of opioids does not lead to adequate analgesia, but rather to adverse effects. Opioid switching, formerly called opioid rotation, may significantly improve the balance between pain relief and adverse effects in these patients

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