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Cancer pain management: long-term maintenance therapy

Abstract

This is a case report regarding a patient on maintenance therapy with methadone wth cancer pain. Minimal increase in methadone dose and a better modulation of administration intervals were effective, allowing the achievement of an optimal analgesia in a short time. This effect was maintained at home after discharge up the last follow-up 3 weeks after discharge. Existing literature is discussed and it is suggested to use the same drug, methadone, in increased doses.

  • Cancer
  • Pain
  • Head and neck
  • Hospital care
  • Supportive care
  • Drug administration

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