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Korean J Gastroenterol 2019; 74(2): 81-86  https://doi.org/10.4166/kjg.2019.74.2.81
Relief of Cancer Pain in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer
Jung Wan Choe and Jong Jin Hyun
Department of Internal Medicine, Korea University Ansan Hospital, Ansan, Korea
Correspondence to: Jong Jin Hyun, Department of Internal Medicine, Korea University Ansan Hospital, 123 Jeokgeum-ro, Danwon-gu, Ansan 15355, Korea. Tel: +82-31-412-4856, Fax: +82-31-412-5582, E-mail: sean4h@korea.ac.kr, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5632-7091
Received: July 12, 2019; Revised: July 23, 2019; Accepted: July 23, 2019; Published online: August 25, 2019.
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Pancreatic cancer is a dismal disease with a poor prognosis and is one of the most painful malignancies. Therefore, adequate pain control is essential to improving the patient’s quality of life. Pain in pancreatic cancer has complex pathophysiologic mechanisms and different characteristics. The choice of pain management modalities should be individualized depending on the pain characteristics using a multidisciplinary approach. The treatment options available include medical treatment, chemotherapy, celiac plexus/ganglion neurolysis, radiotherapy, and endoscopic technique. This review discusses the medical and interventional options, leading to optimal pain management in patients with pancreatic cancer.
Keywords: Pancreatic cancer; Pain management

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