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01-01-2016 | Cancer pain | Book chapter | Article

3. Biology of Bone Cancer Pain

Authors: MD, PhD Patrick W. O’Donnell, MD Denis R. Clohisy

Publisher: Springer New York

Abstract

Bone cancer pain is a complex process with many potential targets for therapeutic intervention. As pain is the most common presenting symptom in patients with skeletal metastases and is directly proportional to the patient’s quality of life, clinical advancements in the treatment of bone cancer pain are of the utmost importance. Research targeting pain-related cytokines, anti-osteoclastic medications, and ion channels has shown significant clinical progress in the treatment of cancer-related bone pain. With continued efforts into these and other therapeutic strategies, we hope to continue to improve the quality of life of those patients suffering with bone cancer pain.

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