Age-Related Patterns in Adjustment to Cancer Pain
Cancer is a disease of older people. Pain is one of the most common and feared symptoms of cancer which negatively impacts on multiple domains of quality of life. With the aging population, there will be increasing numbers of older adults who will require proper assessment and treatment for their pain. We know very little about how younger and older people adjust to living with chronic pain in the context of advanced cancer. We urgently need this information to develop treatments to reduce symptom burden and improve quality of life (QOL) for people of different ages. This study investigates age-related patterns in adjustment to cancer pain. The results of this study will increase our understanding of cancer pain and its impact across the adult lifespan and contribute to the development of treatments that are tailored to the unique needs of people of different ages. This study is funded by a grant from Canadian Institute of Health Research.