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EAPC guidelines on the use of opioid analgesics for cancer pain

8 February 2012

An updated version of the guidelines of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) on the use of opioids for the treatment of cancer pain has been published.

The update was undertaken by the European Palliative Care Research Collaborative (EPCRC). The new guidelines were published in Lancet Oncology this month, and a podcast with a discussion of the guidelines is currently available at the homepage of Lancet Oncology.


The supporting evidence for the updated opioid guidelines consists of 17 systematic reviews that were published in a special issue of Palliative Medicine in July 2011.


A patient friendly summary of the guidelines can be downloaded from the EPCRC website.



European Palliative Care Research Collaborative: Website, accessed 8 February 2012