In the next issue of pain research and management journal (In press), the YP-CDN members of Ethiopia (Gondar Chapter), Eyob Alemayehu and Henok Getachew have done a preliminary assessment of pain management adequacy and pain interference in the quality of life of patients living with cancer who visited Oncology Unit, Gondar University Hospital. We know that Cancer is one of the non communicable diseases (NCDs) becoming an increasing public health burden for Ethiopia. Pain is among the most common of symptoms in patients with cancer. Hence, we aimed to assess cancer pain prevalence, cancer pain interference, and adequacy of cancer pain treatment in the oncology ward of an Ethiopian teaching hospital. Of 83 patients, total of 76 (91.6%) cancer patients experienced pain with varying degree of severity, and 7(8.4%) patients experienced severe pain. Of the 76 cancer patients with pain, 68(89.2%) experienced pain interference with their daily activities. Fifty four (65%) patients were receiving inadequate cancer pain treatment with negative Pain Management Index. Therefore, availability of analgesics, pain assessment and management guideline and quality service should be assured to improve the quality of life of cancer patients.
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