Recent Review Articles on Cancer Pain Management


Morpheus and the Underworld-Interventions to Reduce the Risks of Opioid Use After Surgery: ORADEs, Dependence, Cancer Progression, and Anastomotic Leakage. Wilson RB. J Gastrointest Surg. 2019 Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Opioid Prescribing in an Opioid Crisis: What Basic Skills Should an Oncologist Have Regarding Opioid Therapy? (Review) Arthur J, Reddy A. Curr Treat Options Oncol. 2019 Apr 1;20(5):39.

Yoga for symptom management in oncology: A review of the evidence base and future directions for research. (Review) Danhauer SC, Addington EL, Cohen L, Sohl SJ, Van Puymbroeck M, Albinati NK, Culos-Reed SN. Cancer. 2019 Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print]

A Systematic Review: Mindfulness Intervention for Cancer-Related Pain. Ngamkham S, Holden JE, Smith EL. Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs. 2019 Apr-Jun;6(2):161-169.

Interventional Techniques to Management of Cancer-Related Pain: Clinical and Critical Aspects. Kurita GP, Sjøgren P, Klepstad P, Mercadante S. Cancers (Basel). 2019 Mar 29;11(4). pii: E443.

Symptoms of and Palliative Treatment for Unresectable Skin Cancer. (Review) Goto H, Kiyohara Y, Shindo M, Yamamoto O. Curr Treat Options Oncol. 2019 Mar 27;20(4):34.

Prophylactic and therapeutic effects of honey on radiochemotherapy-induced mucositis: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. (Review) Liu TM, Luo YW, Tam KW, Lin CC, Huang TW. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Mar 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Lidocaine for Cancer Pain in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Lee JT, Sanderson CR, Xuan W, Agar M. J Palliat Med. 2019 Mar;22(3):326-334.

The Psychological Predictors of Acute and Chronic Pain in Women Following Breast Cancer Surgery: A Systematic Review. McCowat M, Fleming L, Vibholm J, Dixon D. Clin J Pain. 2019 Mar;35(3):261-271.

Pharmacist educational interventions for cancer pain management: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Edwards Z, Ziegler L, Craigs C, Blenkinsopp A, Bennett MI. Int J Pharm Pract. 2019 Feb 1.

The effectiveness of mHealth for self-management in improving pain, psychological distress, fatigue, and sleep in cancer survivors: a systematic review. Hernandez Silva E, Lawler S, Langbecker D. J Cancer Surviv. 2019 Feb;13(1):97-107.

Nursing outcomes for pain assessment of patients undergoing palliative care. Mello BS, Almeida MA, Pruinelli L, Lucena AF. Rev Bras Enferm. 2019 Jan-Feb;72(1):64-72.

Measurement properties of instruments to assess pain in children and adolescents with cancer: a systematic review protocol. Loeffen EAH, Stinson JN, Birnie KA, van Dijk M, Kulkarni K, Rijsdijk M, Font-Gonzalez A, Dupuis LL, van Dalen EC, Mulder RL, Campbell F, Tissing WJE, van de Wetering MD, Gibson F. Syst Rev. 2019 Jan 28;8(1):33.

A systematic review examining clinical markers and biomarkers of analgesic response to radiotherapy for cancer-induced bone pain. (Review) Gardner K, Laird BJA, Fallon MT, Sande TA. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2019 Jan;133:33-44.

Acupuncture for pain caused by prostate cancer: Protocol for a systematic review. Wang J, Lei Y, Bao B, Yu X, Dai H, Chen F, Li H, Wang B. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Jan;98(2):e13954. Free PMC Article

Subcutaneous or intravenous opioid administration by patient-controlled analgesia in cancer pain: a systematic literature review. Nijland L, Schmidt P, Frosch M, Wager J, Hübner-Möhler B, Drake R, Zernikow B. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Jan;27(1):33-42.

PROMs for Pain in Adult Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review of Measurement Properties. Abahussin AA, West RM, Wong DC, Ziegler LE. Pain Pract. 2019 Jan;19(1):93-117.

Effects of the OPRM1 A118G Polymorphism (rs1799971) on Opioid Analgesia in Cancer Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Yu Z, Wen L, Shen X, Zhang H. Clin J Pain. 2019 Jan;35(1):77-86.


Use of Art-Making Intervention for Pain and Quality of Life Among Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review. Kim KS, Loring S, Kwekkeboom K. J Holist Nurs. 2018 Dec;36(4):341-353.

Prevalence of pain in patients with breast cancer post-treatment: A systematic review. Wang K, Yee C, Tam S, Drost L, Chan S, Zaki P, Rico V, Ariello K, Dasios M, Lam H, DeAngelis C, Chow E. Breast. 2018 Dec;42:113-127.

Cancer pain management needs and perspectives of patients from Chinese backgrounds: a systematic review of the Chinese and English literature. Xu X, Luckett T, Wang AY, Lovell M, Phillips JL. Palliat Support Care. 2018 Dec;16(6):785-799.

Burden of cancer pain in developing countries: a narrative literature review. Li Z, Aninditha T, Griene B, Francis J, Renato P, Serrie A, Umareddy I, Boisseau S, Hadjiat Y. Clinicoecon Outcomes Res. 2018 Nov 2;10:675-691. eCollection 2018.

Morphine as a treatment of cancer-induced pain-is it safe? A review of in vivo studies and mechanisms. Brinkman D, Wang JH, Redmond HP. Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2018 Nov;391(11):1169-1178.

Breast cancer and chronic pain: a mixed methods review. Feeney LR, Tormey SM, Harmon DC. Ir J Med Sci. 2018 Nov;187(4):877-885.

Efficacy of Cryoablation to Control Cancer Pain: A Systematic Review. Ferrer-Mileo L, Luque Blanco AI, González-Barboteo J. Pain Pract. 2018 Nov;18(8):1083-1098.

Healthcare provider knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and practices surrounding the prescription of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain in North America: protocol for a mixed-method systematic review. Rash JA, Buckley N, Busse JW, Campbell TS, Corace K, Cooper L, Flusk D, Iorio A, Lavoie KL, Poulin PA, Skidmore B. Syst Rev. 2018 Nov 13;7(1):189. Free PMC Article

Stereotactic radiotherapy of pancreatic cancer: a systematic review on pain relief. Buwenge M, Macchia G, Arcelli A, Frakulli R, Fuccio L, Guerri S, Grassi E, Cammelli S, Cellini F, Morganti AG. J Pain Res. 2018 Oct 4;11:2169-2178. eCollection 2018. Free PMC Article

Cancer Pain Management Among Oncology Nurses: Knowledge, Attitude, Related Factors, and Clinical Recommendations: a Systematic Review. Bouya S, Balouchi A, Maleknejad A, Koochakzai M, AlKhasawneh E, Abdollahimohammad A. J Cancer Educ. 2018 Oct 12. 

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Low Volume Neurolytic Retrocrural Celiac Plexus Block for Visceral Cancer Pain: Retrospective Review of 507 Patients with Severe Malignancy Related Pain Due to Primary Abdominal Cancer or Metastatic Disease. Rahman A, Rahman R, Macrinici G, Li S. Pain Physician. 2018 Sep;21(5):497-504. Free Article

Traumatic neuroma as a rare cause of intractable neuropathic breast pain following cancer surgery: Management and review of the literature. Salemis NS. Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2018 Aug;7(3):185-190. Free PMC Article

The use of fentanyl in pain management in head and neck cancer patients: a narrative review. Giusti R, Bossi P, Mazzotta M, Filetti M, Iacono D, Marchetti P. Br J Pain. 2018 Aug;12(3):155-162.

Breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) management: a review of international and national guidelines. Davies AN, Elsner F, Filbet MJ, Porta-Sales J, Ripamonti C, Santini D, Webber K. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2018 Sep;8(3):241-249.

Cancer-Related Neuropathic Pain: Review and Selective Topics. Davis MP. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2018 Jun;32(3):417-431.

Efficacy, tolerability and acceptability of oxycodone for cancer-related pain in adults: an updated Cochrane systematic review. Schmidt-Hansen M, Bennett MI, Arnold S, Bromham N, Hilgart JS. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2018 Jun;8(2):117-128.

A systematic review of the risk factors for clinical response to opioids for all-age patients with cancer-related pain and presentation of the paediatric STOP pain study. Lucenteforte E, Vagnoli L, Pugi A, Crescioli G, Lombardi N, Bonaiuti R, Aricò M, Giglio S, Messeri A, Mugelli A, Vannacci A, Maggini V. BMC Cancer. 2018 May 18;18(1):568. Free PMC Article

Topical Review: Pain in Survivors of Pediatric Cancer: Applying a Prevention Framework. Stone AL, Karlson CW, Heathcote LC, Rosenberg AR, Palermo TM. J Pediatr Psychol. 2018 Apr 1;43(3):237-242.

Methadone as a First-Line Opioid in Cancer Pain Management: A Systematic Review. Mercadante S, Bruera E. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Mar;55(3):998-1003.

Non pharmacological interventions and non-fentanyl pharmacological treatments for breakthrough cancer pain: A systematic and critical review. Mercadante S. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2018 Feb;122:60-63.

[The Pain-Relief Efficacy of Passive Music-Based Interventions in Cancer Patients Undergoing Diagnostic Biopsies and Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis]. Hung TT, Liu YC, Tsai PC, Lin MF. Hu Li Za Zhi. 2018 Feb;65(1):70-82.

A systematic review of the effectiveness of patient-based educational interventions to improve cancer-related pain. Oldenmenger WH, Geerling JI, Mostovaya I, Vissers KCP, de Graeff A, Reyners AKL, van der Linden YM. Cancer Treat Rev. 2018 Feb;63:96-103.

A Systematic Review of the Patient- and Carer-Related Factors Affecting the Experience of Pain for Advanced Cancer Patients Cared for at Home. Smyth JA, Dempster M, Warwick I, Wilkinson P, McCorry NK. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Feb;55(2):496-507.

Opioids combined with antidepressants or antiepileptic drugs for cancer pain: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Kane CM, Mulvey MR, Wright S, Craigs C, Wright JM, Bennett MI. Palliat Med. 2018 Jan;32(1):276-286.

WHO Guidelines for the Pharmacological and Radiotherapeutic Management of Cancer Pain in Adults and Adolescents. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2018. Free Books & Documents