Cancer pain may be caused by the cancer or by the treatments and
tests used. The pain may make it hard for you to do your normal activities,
such as sleeping or eating. Over time, cancer pain can cause appetite and sleep
problems, isolation, and depression.
But most cancer
pain can be managed with medicines and other methods. This may not mean that you have no pain
but that it stays at a level that you can bear. Treating your pain will make
you feel better. You will be more active, eat and sleep better, and enjoy your
family and friends.
Medical treatments to
manage cancer pain include:
Non-medical treatments include:
Your doctor needs all the information you can give
about what your pain feels like. It often helps to write things down in a pain
If you and your doctor are not able to control your pain,
ask about seeing a pain specialist. A pain specialist is a health professional
who focuses on treating resistant pain.
Talk to your doctor if
you are having problems with depression. Treating depression can make it easier
to manage your cancer pain.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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