The Prevalence Of Cancer Pain And The Significance It Has On Nursing Practice
Cancer pain contributes to depression, poor appetite, anxiety, and decreases patient’s quality of life. Managing a patient’s pain as quickly as possible is the goal of palliative care. Cancer pain is the most difficult to be controlled and stay under control. The purpose of this paper is to review the prevalence of cancer pain and the significance it has on nursing practice.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2015), cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and over five hundred thousand people die from cancer every year. The American Cancer Society (2015) projected there would be approximately 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States this year. When people have cancer, they undergo a multitude of treatments and surgeries for their illness with the intention to prolong and increase their quality of life. Cancer patients experience other debilitating symptoms related to their illness such as pain, anxiety, and depression. “Up to 70% of patients with cancer-related pain do not receive adequate pain relief, and this affects physical and psychological well-being, and leads to a lower quality of life for the patient” (Paley, 2015, p. 3). Proper treatment interventions are needed to control pain in patients with cancer. Providing adequate pain relief to patients with cancer will reduce suffering, improve the quality of life, and prevent hospitalizations.…