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Persistent Post-Mastectomy Pain: Current Status and Future Directions

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer among women in the U.S., affecting over 250,000 patients per year42. While the incidence of breast cancer diagnoses continues to climb, advances in treatment have led to decreased mortality rates, as well as increased five-year survival rates (90.8%, 95% CI = 90.5% to 91.1%). The increase in survivorship underscores the importance of attending to and optimizing quality of life for patients whose lives are extended by treatment. For female breast cancer survivors, persistent post-mastectomy/lumpectomy pain has been recognized as negatively impacting the quality of life of many (66; Peuckmann et al., 2008).

Persistent Post-Mastectomy Pain: Current Status and Future Directions

Orginally Published At: Pain Journal

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