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Interview with Dr. Sebastiano Mercadante at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting on 26 June 2015
Dr. Mercadante discusses the optimal approach to relieving episodes of breakthrough pain which has to be patient-specific. One has to take into account the mechanism and development of the breakthrough pain in the individual patient as well as his/her preferences.
A focus on the individual patient is also required with regard to the adverse effects of opioids, for example constipation or an impact on cognitive function. Dr. Mercadante reviews options for relieving adverse effects, such as treating the adverse effect with medication or switching to another opioid with a different receptor mechanism.
He also provides insights about the session on psychooncology and quality of life which was held at the MASCC meeting, stating the importance of giving attention to the patients’ caregivers and discussing short-term radiotherapy in frail patients with glioblastoma.
Dr. Sebastiano Mercadante, Professor at the Pain Relief and Palliative Care Unit in the La Maddalena Cancer Centre in Palermo, Sicily, Italy