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Laurie was posted 12/30/1997 09:09 pm by evaj
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It's absolutely ridiculous to talk about 'addiction' to morphine in cancer patients. There is a big difference between 'physical dependence' and addiction and many doctors still don't understand that.The result is that patients suffer needlessly. Cancer patients become morphine dependent not morphine addicted.Although tolerance to morphine does build up, it is seldom a problem clinically and the dose is usually increased because the tumor progresses. Morphine is a very useful drug for severe pain, but there are also other opiods available. Don't be scared, the person who talked to you, doesn't know much about opioids. You have enough to worry about with your brother's in law basic problem -pancreatic cancer. People can be managed on morphine for long spans of time and function reasonably well. A pain management specialist could advise you. There is also an excellent article in "Cancer", Vol. 78/3, Aug. 1, 1996: Pain Management in Patients with Pancreatic Carcinoma. You can look at this journal in any larger hospital library. May God help your brother in law and your family thru this awful time.

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