Cancer Pain Management

No matter what type of cancer you have, you may experience pain. For many people, pain is a symptom of the cancer itself. For others, pain is a side effect of cancer treatment.

Whatever the source of your pain, you don’t have to endure it. Mercy offers many options to manage your pain and keep you comfortable.

Understanding Cancer Related Pain

Cancer-related pain occurs for many reasons. As your tumor develops, it may destroy tissue. And it may press on, or grow into, your bones, nerves or organs.

Even though cancer treatments can remove or kill a painful tumor, they may cause side effects. If you have cancer surgery, you may feel pain in your incision. If you need chemotherapy, you might experience nerve pain. And if you undergo radiation therapy, you may have pain or sores in the part of your body being treated.

Cancer Pain Management at Mercy

There is no shame in asking for help managing your pain. Effective pain management is an important part of your cancer treatment plan. If left untreated, pain can affect your mood and quality of life. You may have trouble working, sleeping or performing normal daily activities.

Mercy will help you create a pain management plan that incorporates one or more of the following treatments:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain relievers.
  • Opioid pain medications. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about opioid dependence. For most people who use opioid painkillers correctly, the risk of addiction is low.
  • Other medications, including anti-depressants, steroids or nerve block injections.
  • Physical or occupational therapy.
  • Integrative and alternative therapies, including acupuncture, massage and meditation.

You’ll work closely with your Mercy care team the entire time you’re being treated for cancer pain. We’ll make sure your pain remains well-controlled with minimal side effects. And when your pain begins to go away, we’ll help you safely reduce or stop your medications.

Fighting cancer is hard enough without the burden of pain. Talk to your Mercy caregiver about your pain management options. Let us help you overcome your pain, so you can focus on overcoming cancer.

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