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National governments must take urgent action to improve access to these medicines, said ESMO, with 22 partners that launched the first global survey to evaluate opioids availability and accessibility for cancer pain management.
Abstral is a rapidly disintegrating tablet for sublingual administration of fentanyl, intended for the management of breakthrough cancer pain in patients who are already receiving opioid analgesics for their underlying persistent pain.
Very simply, the problem relates to the fact that the mainstay of cancer pain relief is narcotic drugs - and the public, doctors, and other healthcare workers have an unfounded fear of narcotic abuse and addiction.
Based on convincing results from numerous Phase III clinical trials in bone metastases and bone loss due to ablation therapy in prostate cancer patients, Decision Resources forecasts that denosumab (Amgen/GlaxoSmithKline/Daiichi Sankyo's Xgeva/Ranmark) will gain blockbuster status in the cancer pain market by 2016.
The survey which collected 1,164 completed responses among nurses from 12 European countries is the first European survey to look at oncology nurse perception of breakthrough cancer pain and its management.
We strongly believe that Abstral has a great potential in the territory and will contribute significantly to physicians' abilities to treat patients experiencing breakthrough cancer pain, hence improving quality of life for these patients,' he added.
AbstralTM is a fast-dissolving tablet for sub-lingual administration of fentanyl, intended for the management of breakthrough cancer pain in patients who are already receiving opioid analgesics.
The complex challenges and decisions that face patients with cancer pain and the professionals caring for them are discussed and important topical issues such as appropriate choice and timing of pain management strategies, including invasive techniques, are considered.
Topics also include headache, painful medical diseases, neurolytic blocks for cancer pain and electrical stimulation of the nervous system.
Despite the fact that sufficient knowledge about cancer pain management exists, thousands of patients suffer needlessly every year due to misconceptions and misunderstandings that lead to undertreatment, maintains Charles S.
Poorly controlled cancer pain validates the worst fears of parents and children that cancer is accompanied by inevitable and excruciating pain.

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