By Senators Wojahn, Kreidler, West, Niemi, Sumner and von Reichbauer


     WHEREAS, Over 19,000 new cases of cancer are projected in Washington State in 1992; and


     WHEREAS, The treatment of pain in persons with cancer is often inadequate.  Although ninety percent of cancer-related pain responds to treatment through currently available drug and nondrug methods, as many as twenty-five percent of all cancer patients die without adequate pain relief; and  


     WHEREAS, The Washington State Cancer Pain Initiative is a local representation of a nationwide movement, a movement that has been instituted in twenty-four states; and


     WHEREAS, The World Health Organization has begun a worldwide effort to alleviate the unnecessary suffering of persons with cancer; and   


     WHEREAS, The Surgeon General of the United States has lent support to Washington State's cancer pain initiatives; and


     WHEREAS, Persons with pain should be treated with respect.  They should not have their veracity questioned, they should not have to endure unnecessary agony, they should not have their treatments or medication viewed as a form of personal weakness or drug abuse; and


     WHEREAS, Cancer pain is recognized as a major factor causing suffering in persons with cancer; and 


     WHEREAS, The Cancer Pain Initiative is supported in principle by the Washington State Nurses Association, the Washington State Medical Association, the Washington State Pharmacy Association, and the Washington State Association of Hospital Pharmacists; and

     WHEREAS, The Senate recognize the need to develop educational programs for the professional schools, the professional associations, the health care providers, and the licensing and regulatory boards in Washington State;


     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate support the Washington State Cancer Pain Initiative and the attempt to alleviate the suffering of persons with cancer.


I, Gordon A. Golob, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 1992-8748,

adopted by the Senate March 12, 1992.





Secretary of the Senate