Original Publication Date: 17 November, 2013
Publication / Source: Lung Cancer Management
Authors: James M Hitt & Todd L Demmy
It is generally accepted that thoracic surgery for lung cancer produces some of the most intense and difficult perioperative and chronic pain challenges. In the acute period of recovery, practitioners must optimize patient comfort and pulmonary function. This can be achieved through a combination of systemic treatment and regional analgesic options. Thoracic surgery also causes relatively high levels of persistent postsurgical pain.