[Pain relief in metastatic bone disease]

BOÉR Katalin

OCTOBER 20, 2011

LAM KID - 2011;1(02)

[Metastatic bone disease is a hallmark of distant relapse of a number of solid tumours. The treatment of bone metastases is palliative, the main goal is to relieve pain, whereas it’s also important to reduce the risk of bone fractures, prolong survival and maintain the physical activity of patients. Pain is one of the most common symptoms of bone metastases, and state-of-the-art pain relief has an important role in maintaining the patients’ quality of life. Therapies to control pain include drug therapy, radiotherapy, surgery, systemic oncotherapy, such as chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy, multibone radioisotope therapy and administration of bisphosphonates. Regarding the relief of pain caused by malignant tumours, the guidelines developed by the World Health Organization should be followed. The algorithm of pain relief starts with assessment of the pain’s intensity and includes both pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions. Analgesics used for pain relief include nonopioids, opioids and adjuvant agents. The pain can be efficiently relieved with the combined use of modern analgesics in the great majority of patients.]



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[BACKGROUND - In Hungary, the number of the highest mortality hip fractures is between 12 000-15 000 per year. The cost of treating hip fractures is several times higher than that of preventive medical therapy. Thus, the compliance of patients with osteoporosis is of great importance. METHODS - Using the informatical database of St. András Rheumatology Hospital at Héviz, we collected one year’s prescription drugs for osteoporosis and compared them with the number of drugs obtained by the patients, determined from National Health Insurance data. RESULTS - In general, the patients obtained 75% of prescription drugs. From the 4354 boxes of prescribed antiporotics, 3637 contained bisphosphonate (not considering vitamin D and calcium). Within this group, 88% of combination preparations were obtained, which is a greater ratio than that of non-combination bisphosphonates (84%). CONCLUSIONS - On the basis of our results, we posit that prescription of a combination preparation somewhat improves the patients’ compliance. The low concordance of vitamin D and calcium preparations is worrying.]


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