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Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain, 4th edn

By Michael J Cousins and
Rollin M Gallagher

Published 2017

ISBN 978-1-910797-35-8



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All health professionals, regardless of specialty, will care for patients with pain that has persisted for more than 6 months. This fully updated fourth edition of Fast Facts: Chronic and Cancer Pain, written by two internationally renowned experts in the field, is designed to bring busy health professionals up to speed with the latest information in this area, including:

  • Easy-to-read overviews of pain mechanisms 
  • A practical approach to pain assessment
  • Developments in stepped care and multimodal management
  • The latest thinking on opioids

With health services around the world responding to calls to improve the management of painful long-term conditions, develop preventive and cost-effective solutions, and respond to patient choice and voice, this easy-to-read fact-packed book is essential reading for all GPs, nurses, junior hospital doctors, physical therapists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, medical specialists and medical students wanting – and needing – to know more.


  • Definitions and mechanisms
  • Assessment of pain
  • Treatment options
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Diabetic and postherpetic neuropathic pain Central pain
  • Persistent postsurgical pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Visceral pain
  • Headache


"One in five of us will experience chronic pain, yet pain education for healthcare  professionals is inadequate. Patients have been calling for this situation to change, then along comes this Fast Facts title by two leading experts, delivering in 192 pages the basic knowledge that you would want your doctor to have when you need their help. If every healthcare professional read this book, it would slash suffering and revolutionise patient care!”
Heather Wallace, Pain Concern UK

"... a great book with a clear intended readership and the ‘product’ is very much ‘fit for purpose’.”
First Prize, Neurology, BMA Book Awards


The authors

Michael J Cousins

AM MD FFPMANZCA Head of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Department of Anaesthesia, Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Rollin M Gallagher

MD MPH DABPM FAAPM FAPA Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and Director for Pain Policy Research and Primary Care, Penn Pain Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Professor Gallagher donates all royalties for his work on this title to Audubon


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