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Cancer Pain : Oxycodone Hydrochloride Vs. Fentanyl

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Pain is a symptom frequently associated with cancer. Cancer can cause pain by irritating or damaging nerves, by stimulating specialized pain sensitive nerve fibers (nociceptors), or by releasing chemicals that make nociceptors responsive to normally non-painful stimuli. Cancer pain may be caused by the tumor itself or by medical interventions in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Pain can be eliminated or well controlled in 80–90% of cases, but nearly one in two patients receives less-than-optimal care.

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