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Information on authorship and revision

Page last modified: 4 March 2016 13:33:06

Author(s): Australian Adult Cancer Pain Management Working Group


International guidelines for cancer pain management

Caraceni A, Hanks G, Kaasa S, European Palliative Care Research Collaborative. Use of opioid analgesics in the treatment of cancer pain: evidence-based recommendations for the EAPC. Lancet Oncol 2012; 13: e58-e68. Available from:

National Comprehensive Cancer Network. NCCN clinical practice guidelines in oncology. Adult cancer pain. Version 2.2015: NCCN; 2015. Available from:

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. Best practice statement. The management of pain in patients with cancer. Edinburgh: NHS Quality Improvement Scotland; 2009. Available from:

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Guideline Development Group. Opioids in palliative care: safe and effective prescribing of strong opioids for pain in palliative care of adults. NICE clinical guideline 140. Manchester: NICE; 2012. Available from:

Ripamonti CI, Bandieri E, Roila F, ESMO Guidelines Working Group. Management of cancer pain: ESMO clinical practice guidelines. Ann Oncol 2011; 22(Suppl 6): vi69-vi67. Available from:

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. Control of pain in adults with cancer. A national clinical guideline [Version amended 18 July 2011] Edinburgh: SIGN; 2008. Available from:

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Other relevant guidelines

National Breast Cancer Centre and National Cancer Control Initiative. Clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer. Camperdown, NSW: National Breast Cancer Centre; 2003. Available at:

National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre. Multidisciplinary care principles for advanced disease: a guide for cancer health professionals. Surry Hills, NSW: National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre; 2008. Available at:

National Clinical Guideline Centre for Acute and Chronic Conditions. Delirium: diagnosis, prevention and management. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; 2010. Available at:

National Health and Medical Research Council. Guidelines for a palliative approach in residential aged care. Canberra: NHMRC; 2006. Available at:

Palliative Care Expert Group. Therapeutic guidelines: palliative care. Version 3. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; 2010. Available at:

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Health professional education


National Institute of Health and Care Excellence

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Prescribing information

NPS (formerly National Prescribing Service)

eviQ (Cancer treatments online: a service of Cancer Institute NSW)

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Other resources

Austroads guidelines for assessing fitness to drive

Australian Pain Society recommendations on pain assessment in people with cognitive impairment

eviQ Opioid Conversion Calculator

Palliatiative Care Australia National Standards Assessment Program

Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration

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