On behalf of the faculty, clinicians, and staff affiliated with the University of Maryland Center for Pain Studies, we would like to welcome you to our website.
In 2009, more than 1.5 million new cancer cases were diagnosed and 11 million Americans are living with a history of cancer (American Cancer Society). While the mortality rates are declining due, in large part, to earlier diagnoses and increasingly aggressive treatment strategies, disease and treatment complications can severely decrease the quality of life and the performance of activities of daily living. Many patients suffer moderate to severe pain, sometimes lasting long after cancer treatment ends, as a result of disease or treatment-induced peripheral neuropathy and/or oral mucositis.
Our Center faculty is actively engaged in mechanistic and intervention studies designed to determine the reasons why patients suffer with unrelieved cancer pain. Our goal is to develop novel therapeutics that effectively treat pain so that patients can have an improved quality of life.
Please peruse the materials here and come back often to view our progress.
Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Maryland Center for Pain Studies