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Although pain management is one of many domains in the care of the dying child, pain is a common symptom which needs to be prioritized and treated meticulously. Pain may be caused by the underlying illness or adverse effects related to medical interventions and treatment, or may be unrelated to either the primary disease or its treatment. Pain assessment should be considered in the light of an overall symptom burden, which can be a matrix of physical, psychologic, social, and spiritual parameters. The assessment and diagnosis of pain is fundamental to the clinical care of dying children since therapies directed at the primary cause may ultimately have a more effective pain management outcome. A dying child’s symptomatology may linger for a long time in the memory of parents and caregivers. Indeed, pain is one of the most feared and distressing symptoms not only to children with cancer receiving palliative care, but also their families.
American Journal of Cancer – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 10, 2012
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