The meaning of cancer pain

Betty R. Ferrell, Grace Dean

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Pain is a common symptom in cancer and one experienced both by patients and family caregivers. A neglected area of pain management is enhancing the individual's ability to derive the meaning from pain and suffering associated with illness. Because pain is often a metaphor for impending death, the meaning derived from pain may contribute to the ultimate meaning of death for the individual. This article provides case examples and analysis of the search for meaning in cancer pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in oncology nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)


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