Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2008  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 60--63

Epidural analgesia during brachytherapy for cervical cancer patients


MG Janaki1, S Nirmala1, Amrit R Kadam1, BS Ramesh1, KS Sunitha2 
1 Department of Radiotherapy, M.S. Ramaiah Teaching Hospital, Gokul, Bangalore, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, M.S. Ramaiah Teaching Hospital, Gokul, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
M G Janaki
Department of Radiotherapy, M.S. Ramaiah Medical Teaching Hospital, Gokul, Bangalore - 560 054
India

Aims: To find out the efficacy of epidural analgesia in providing continuous pain relief for patients undergoing brachytherapy for cervical cancer. Settings: Teaching Hospital. Design: Retrospective Study. Materials and Methods: A total of 152 patients of cervical cancer received epidural analgesia during 18 to 21 hours of pelvic brachytherapy. Epidural top up was given using 60-100 µg of buprenorphine every 08-10 hrs. Additional top up or systemic analgesics were given for breakthrough pain. Results: Majority of patients 119 out of 152 received epidural top up twice during their stay in the brachytherapy ward. Only 20 out of 152 needed additional analgesics. Conclusions: Epidural analgesia is safe and provides satisfactory pain relief during brachytherapy and makes patient«SQ»s stay more comfortable.


How to cite this article:
Janaki M G, Nirmala S, Kadam AR, Ramesh B S, Sunitha K S. Epidural analgesia during brachytherapy for cervical cancer patients.J Can Res Ther 2008;4:60-63


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Janaki M G, Nirmala S, Kadam AR, Ramesh B S, Sunitha K S. Epidural analgesia during brachytherapy for cervical cancer patients. J Can Res Ther [serial online] 2008 [cited 2020 Apr 8 ];4:60-63
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