Cancer Pain in the Elderly

  • Nathan I. Cherny
  • Beth Popp
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Management of cancer pain in older patients presents a variety of challenges to the practicing physician, whether that physician is an oncologist, a gerontologist, or a physician who specializes the provision of primary care. The elderly experience more pain, both chronic and acute, than their younger counterparts (Closs, 1994). Furthermore, the balance between beneficial and adverse effects of pharmacotherapy and nondrug therapy is often more tenuous in the older patient, due to age-related physiological changes and the interaction between analgesics, concurrent illness, and pharmacotherapy for concurrent illness.


Neuropathic Pain Cancer Pain Opioid Therapy Nonopioid Analgesic Morphine Sulphate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathan I. Cherny
    • 1
  • Beth Popp
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical OncologyShaare Zedek Medical CenterJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Pain ServiceMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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