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      Celiac plexus block increases quality of life in patients with pancreatic cancer

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          Pancreatic cancer is a malignant disease with a high mortality rate and severe pain that is challenging to manage. To reduce the excruciating abdominal pain, opioids and adjuvant agents are conventionally used.


          PRNCPB is a treatment of neural therapy. The number of studies assessing the effect on patients’ QoL is limited and inconsistent. With this study, we intended to address this issue.

          Study design

          A prospective nonrandomized study with a series of cases of unresectable pancreatic cancer was conducted.


          The study was performed at our pain clinic under real life conditions.

          Materials and methods

          A total number of 16 patients with severe abdominal pain were enrolled in the study all of whom had responded to combined systemic analgesic therapy inadequately and had intolerable side effects contraindicating further increase in dose. The efficacy of this invasive, palliative analgesic procedure was evaluated 35 days after PRNCPB was performed. Primary outcomes were changed in pain intensity using the VAS questionnaire. Secondary outcomes were improved in QoL using the SF-36 questionnaire. Changes in pain medications and adverse reactions were monitored.


          After PRNCPB patients experienced a significant decrease ( P=0.002) in pain intensity as shown by the VAS score, and a decreased opiate demand. Their QoL scores considering effect sizes also improved ( P<0.001). No complications attributable to PRNCPB were observed during the study period. Additionally, no adverse drug reactions were observed.


          Detection, observation, and reporting bias can be estimated as moderate. Selection bias was not detected.


          Our results give preliminary evidence that PRNCPB might be helpful as an additional treatment to conventional pain management in end-stage pancreatic cancer patients. PRNCPB seems to improve QoL in these patients in a time frame of at least 5 weeks after intervention.

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              In patients with active cancer, the management of chronic pain is an essential element in a comprehensive strategy for palliative care. This strategy emphasises multidimensional assessment and the coordinated use of treatments that together mitigate suffering and provide support to the patient and family. This review describes this framework, an approach to pain assessment, and widely accepted techniques to optimise the safety and effectiveness of opioid drugs and other treatments. The advances of recent decades suggest a future that includes increased evidence-based targeting of specific analgesic interventions within an individualised plan of care that is appropriate throughout the course of illness. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

                Author and article information

                J Pain Res
                J Pain Res
                Journal of Pain Research
                Journal of Pain Research
                Dove Medical Press
                14 January 2019
                : 12
                : 307-315
                [1 ]Doctoral School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary, henrik.szoke@ 123456etk.pte.hu
                [2 ]Department of CAM, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary, henrik.szoke@ 123456etk.pte.hu
                [3 ]Department of Nephrology, Fresenius Medical Care, Cegléd, Hungary
                [4 ]Department of Pediatrics, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
                [5 ]Pediatric Outpatient Department, Krems, Austria
                [6 ]University Children’s Hospital, University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany
                [7 ]Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, ARCIM Institute (Academic Research in Complementary and Integrative Medicine), Filderstadt, Germany
                [8 ]Department of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Saint John Hospital, Budapest, Hungary
                [9 ]Department of Medical Clinics I, Klinikum Niederlausitz, Lauchhammer, Germany
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Henrik Szőke, Department of CAM, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pécs, Vasvári Pál utca 4., 7622 Pécs, Hungary, Email henrik.szoke@ 123456etk.pte.hu
                © 2019 Molnár et al. This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited

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