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Treatment: Pain Relief for Cancer

It should be possible to control pain due to cancer by using drugs. Painkillers of increasing strength can be prescribed and most are taken orally as pills or liquids, or applied as skin patches. If pain is severe and not controlled by these types of drugs, morphine or other powerful painkillers may be injected continuously at home using a portable syringe driver, which allows a person to pursue normal activities.

Using a syringe driver

A painkiller is pumped continuously by the syringe driver through a needle inserted in the skin.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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