Cancer Pain, A Guide for You and Your Family
Having cancer does not always mean having pain. For those with pain, there are many different kinds of medicines, ways to receive the medicine, and nonmedicine methods that can relieve the pain you may have. You should not accept pain as a normal part of having cancer. When you are free of pain, you can sleep and eat better, enjoy the company of family and friends, and continue with your work and hobbies.
Important Facts About Cancer Pain Treatment
Here are some facts about cancer pain that may help answer some of your
If you have trouble locating a pain program or specialist, contact a cancer center, a hospice, or the oncology department at your local hospital or medical center. The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Information Service (CIS) and other organizations can give you a list of pain management facilities. The American Cancer Society (ACS) and other organizations may also be able to provide names of pain specialists, pain clinics, or programs in your area.
2. Controlling your cancer pain is part of the overall treatment for cancer.
3. Preventing pain from starting or getting worse is the best way to control it.
4. Telling the doctor or nurse about pain is not a sign of weakness.
5. People who take cancer pain medicines, as prescribed by the doctor, rarely
become addicted to them.
6. Most people do not get "high" or lose control when they take cancer
pain medicines as prescribed by the doctor.
7. Side effects from medicines can be managed or often prevented.
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