Elderly patients often go untreated for cancer-related pain

A recent Italian study reported that elder patients may be under-treated for pain. Although it is commonly believed that older patients are more susceptible to adverse effects to painkillers than younger patients, it may not be the case. The researchers showed that while older patients experienced worse distress while the dose was being adjusted, the distress improved after a stable dose was reached. The study concluded with the belief that the fear of a higher risk of adverse effects in elderly patients is unwarranted and may lead to the under-treatment of pain.

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