Opioid Use Among Cancer Survivors

by S. Terry Kraus, M.D.

Aug 20, 2017

8,601 adults with at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis were matched with 8,601 individuals without a prior cancer diagnosis. These “matched pairs” in an article from the University of Toronto, published in Cancer, 2017 determined that the narcotic prescribed to cancer survivors was significantly higher than non-cancer survivors. Does this mean that cancer survivors who rely on narcotics were “addicted”? Perhaps. But it is more likely that cancer survivors R left with chronic, sometimes severe pain for the rest of the life. The physician’s taking care of cancer survivors should be aware this and empathetic to cancer survivors needs.

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