Invasive Lung Cancer Surgery can Lead to Long-term Opioid Use

by Colleen Fleiss on  September 25, 2018 at 1:12 AM Cancer News
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Early-stage lung cancer patients treated with more-invasive surgical techniques are more likely to become chronic opioid users than patients treated with minimally invasive surgery, found study.
Invasive Lung Cancer Surgery can Lead to Long-term Opioid Use
Invasive Lung Cancer Surgery can Lead to Long-term Opioid Use

The study findings highlight the need for additional research into how pain management after surgery might be a contributing factor to the opioid addiction crisis, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology in September.

Mount Sinai researchers studied 3,900 patients with early non-small-cell lung cancer, the most common type of lung cancer, who either underwent a minimally invasive procedure called video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) or traditional open surgery, which is more invasive as it requires spreading the ribs to perform the surgery.

About 71 percent of the patients received opioid prescriptions for post-surgery pain, and 15 percent of them became long-term opioid users after previously not using the drugs.

"The escalating severity of the opioid epidemic in the United States highlights the need for additional research into how pain management after surgery might be a contributing factor to the opioid addiction," said Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD, Director of the Institute for Translational Epidemiology and Professor of Thoracic Surgery and of Population Health Science and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "The findings suggest that surgical patients should be treated in the least invasive way to limit pain and the need for opioids after surgery and that minimally-invasive surgical techniques for lung cancer might reduce the need for opioids compared to traditional open surgery."

Source: Eurekalert

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