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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2006 Oct;7(10):797-809.

Cancer pain and its impact on diagnosis, survival and quality of life.

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Neurosystems Center, 18-208 Moos Tower, University of Minnesota, 515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA.


Cancer pain significantly affects the diagnosis, quality of life and survival of patients with cancer. During the past decade, preclinical and clinical data has begun to provide insight into the mechanisms that drive and mask cancer pain and the mechanisms by which anti-neoplastic agents induce peripheral neuropathy. Developing a mechanism-based understanding and mechanism-based therapies to treat cancer-associated pain and sensory neuropathy, and incorporating these into mainstream cancer research and therapy, will be crucial to improving the quality of life and survival of patients with cancer.

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