eAbstract: A Simple and Effective Daily Pain Management Method for Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy for Painful Bone Metastases

This study examined the impact that radiation therapists can have on managing cancer patients' pain during treatment.

Journal: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics (February 2010)

Authors: Andrade R, Proctor J, Slack R, et al.

Purpose: To examine “the role of radiation therapists as key personnel for collecting daily pain scores to supplement assessments by physician and oncology nursing staff and manage pain more effectively during radiation treatment.”

Results: Of the 119 treatment courses that were completed, “pain scores declined rapidly to 37.5%, 50%, and 75% of the pretreatment levels by Days 2, 4, and 10, respectively. Pain was improved in 91% of patients with only 4% of worse pain at the end of treatment. Improved pain scores were maintained in 83% of patients at 1-month follow-up, but in 35% of them, the pain was worse than at the end of treatment.” The researchers concluded that the “collection of daily pain scores by radiation therapists was associated with an effective reduction in pain scores early on during EBRT of painful osseous metastases.”

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