The mission of the Anesthesiology Cancer Pain Services is to provide safe, state-of-the-art care to patients in pain from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by promoting academic achievement, strong clinical service, education and research.
Clinical services focus on the provision of a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach for cancer pain management that enhances the quality of human life.
Educational efforts stress evidence-based education and comprehensive training in the field of cancer pain medicine and end-of-life issues.
Basic and clinical research projects are developed to focus on developing novel pain management strategies.
The vision of the Anesthesiology Cancer Pain Services is to promote within and without the University of Mississippi Medical Center the following guidelines for cancer pain management and end-of-life care:
Not all cancer pain or associated symptoms can be entirely eliminated, but available approaches, when appropriately and attentively applied, effectively relieve pain in most patients. The importance of effective pain management extends beyond analgesia to encompass the patient's quality of life and ability to function in the family and society.
Because patients vary greatly in their diagnoses and stage of disease progression, their responses to pain and interventions, and their personal preferences, the Anesthesiology Cancer Pain Services offers a flexible approach to the management of cancer pain that clinicians can use in daily practice. The approach emphasizes the following: