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By Russell K. Portenoy, Gerri Frager (auth.), Charles F. von Gunten M.D., Ph.D, FACP (eds.)

Introduction the existing version of therapy for sufferers with melanoma emphasizes the healing efforts of scientific know-how towards the eradication of the illness. but the pain of the sufferer due to either the affliction and our efforts to regard it is usually neglected. If we're to enhance the survival of sufferers with melanoma, it is going to be via extensive study into the molecular less than­ pinnings of the illness and scientific trials of latest remedies. even though, it's essen­ tial to acknowledge and tackle the discomfort of melanoma sufferers as they're being handled. it's the objective of this e-book to light up and improve the preven­ tion and remedy of agony as a part of the continuum of deal with sufferers with melanoma. primary techniques because the time of Hippocrates within the 5th century B.c., there were total pursuits for the healthcare professional: • therapy of affliction • aid of struggling with our vantage element within the past due 20th century on reflection at previ­ ous centuries, you may realize that, apart from surgical procedure, a lot of the treatment administered to sufferers with melanoma was once aimed toward relieving the pain linked to sickness. It wasn't till the idea that of illness (as against disease) was once elucidated and the medical strategy used to be utilized to appreciate­ ing and removing melanoma that major strides have been made to enhance the physician's skill to healing cancer.

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