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Post-mastectomy pain does not get enough attention

Added: Wednesday 10 June 2015

Post-mastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS) is a problem for up to half of women who develop pain after a mastectomy, yet awareness is lacking among both patients and medical professionals. It is generally defined as nerve-related pain that persists for three months or more after surgery. Research has found that combining different classes of analgesics is can be effective at treating the pain and this is increasingly used. However, many doctors stick to injectable steroids or anaesthetics alone, and some patients are not even aware that their persistent post-mastectomy pain can be treated at all.