Thursday, September 09, 2010

Morphine vs. Methadone for Cancer Pain

It's still too early for me to blog about aggressive measures to control severe pain in cancer patients, despite my best intentions. I don't know when/if I'll be able to write a proper post on the topic. For now, I'll just list a few references, including a study on the attitudes of pain physicians towards the use of methadone in clinical practice (Shah & Diwan, 2010).


Bengoechea I, Gutiérrez SG, Vrotsou K, Onaindia MJ, Lopez JM. (2010). Opioid Use at the End of Life and Survival in a Hospital at Home Unit. J Palliat Med. Aug 28. [Epub ahead of print].

Mercadante S. (2010). Intravenous morphine for management of cancer pain. Lancet Oncol. 11:484-9.

Pollock AB, Tegeler ML, Morgan V, Baumrucker SJ. (2010). Morphine to Methadone Conversion: An Interpretation of Published Data. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. Jun 16. [Epub ahead of print].

Shah S, Diwan S. (2010). Methadone: does stigma play a role as a barrier to treatment of chronic pain? Pain Physician 13:289-93.

NOTE: The frequency and content of future posts will be lighter for a while...

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