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The role of the radiotherapist in the control of pain

H. S. King
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 35, No 2 | a1117 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v35i2.1117 | © 2018 H. S. King | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 October 2018 | Published: 30 June 1979

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H. S. King, Radiotherapy Department, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Abstract

It is a popular misconception that all patients with malignant disease die in great pain, in fact, few patients do have this problem. It can be dealt with by radiation — particularly for bone pain, cytotoxic, and analgesic drugs. Regular use of drugs is better than waiting for pain to become severe.

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