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MINSON, Fabiola Peixoto et al. Interventional procedures for cancer pain management. Einstein (São Paulo) [online]. 2012, vol.10, n.3, pp.292-295. ISSN 1679-4508.

OBJECTIVE: To describe types of interventional medical procedures its rationale use and benefits for a population with cancer assisted at a private hospital in São Paulo. METHODS: Quantitative and descriptive cross-sectional study using data from patients submitted to interventional procedures between 2007 and 2008. We used descriptive and inferential statistics (frequency, mean, and t-test) to analyze data. RESULTS: A total of 137 patients were submitted to interventional procedures for pain and, out of this total, 14 mentioned cancer-related pain. The mean pain intensity was 7.1 before the procedure and 1.3 after it. Reduction in pain intensity was statistically significant in this population (t=9.09; p=0.001). In almost 70% of patients (n=10) a reduction of 50% of the consumption of opioid a month after the procedure was realized. CONCLUSION: These results are in accordance with the literature and support the efficacy of interventional procedures for several types of cancer pain.

Keywords : Pain [drug therapy]; Analgesics [therapeutic use]; Neoplasms.

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