To catch a thief: why you should address pain

April 15-21, 2013 is recognized as National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

Carmen R. Green, M.D.

Carmen R. Green, M.D.

For people with cancer, the old saying “no pain, no gain” couldn’t be more wrong. mCancerPartner recently sat down with Carmen Green, M.D., associate vice-president and associate dean for health equity and inclusion, to discuss the evolving field of pain research, why you should address pain quickly, and why racial and ethnic minorities and women are less likely to have their pain assessed. Dr. Green is also a professor of anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and of health management and policy.

mCancer Partner: Tell us about your research.

Dr. Green: Far more people are surviving their cancer. That’s really good news! However, more survivors are living with chronic conditions such as pain.  The prevalence of pain is increasing, and preventing and managing pain has been a national priority. So, we wanted to know how prevalent cancer-related pain is and whether there are differences in consistent or breakthrough pain and cancer Continue reading