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Interview with Reza Elaidi at ECC 2015: Pain ‘is an independent prognostic factor’ in advanced cancer

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Living with pain makes death from advanced cancer more likely, according to new research presented at the European Cancer Congress (Vienna, Austria; 25 – 29 September 2015). Dr Reza Elaidi, PhD (Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris, France) told the Congress that pain remains under-reported, and yet its successful management in advanced cancer is associated with a significant survival benefit.

His study, which included more than 2000 patients with all tumour types, looked at fluctuations in pain throughout the course of treatment. Patients who experienced pain throughout the course of the disease, and those whose pain increased with time, died sooner than those with well-controlled or no pain.

In this video, Dr Elaidi tells journalist Helen Saul that while new advances in treatment are a cause for celebration, more research into supportive and palliative care is needed.

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