Charles Argoff, MD

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Charles Argoff, MD, hadn’t planned to go into pain medicine. But as a medical resident in neurology in the mid-1980s, he noticed that nearly everyone he took care of experienced pain. And here was the curious thing: there didn’t seem to be satisfactory ways to deal with it. Pain was somehow overlooked by most of … Read more

Early Cancer Pain Management

Early Cancer Pain Management

“My dad died within six months of his diagnosis,” says Carrie Johnson, MD, now an anesthesiologist and cancer pain management specialist. “And it shaped what I am doing with my life.” Her dad had surgery, but the cancer spread quickly and chemotherapy proved ineffective. As the disease progressed, so did his pain. It was not … Read more

Waging a War on Pain

Waging a War on Pain

Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, can see the silver lining in a black cloud. The program director for the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management in Washington, DC, often says that war—that most dreadful and deadly of human inventions—can be a catalyst for positive medical change. That’s looking on the bright side. But Dr. … Read more

Sanjay Gupta, MD

Sanjay Gupta, MD

A 29-year-old medical resident on a skiing excursion is trapped between rocks and a shelf of ice for more than an hour, her head submerged in freezing water. When rescued, she is blue and lifeless with no breath and no pulse, and another hour passes before she arrives at the nearest hospital with a core … Read more

Managing Cancer Pain

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“I don’t give up,” says Brian Bruel, MD, assistant professor of pain medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and president-elect of the Cancer Pain Research Consortium. “And my patients know that.” Many people who live with cancer and chronic pain and who come to the world-renowned MD Anderson have already seen … Read more