- 4% of cancer patients not on opioids prior to a curative-intent surgery fill prescriptions at daily doses similar to chronic opioid users one year after surgery.
- New persistent opioid use in patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy is consistently higher than in those with no chemotherapy across different procedures.
- Changing prescribing guidelines and patient counseling in the surveillance and survivorship phases of care may reduce new persistent opioid use among cancer patients after surgery.
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