Non-pharmacological Management of Cancer Pain


What do I need to know about cancer pain? Cancer pain may be short-term or long-term. It may come and go. You may have pain if the tumor damages or blocks tissues, nerves, and blood vessels as it becomes larger. Some cancer cells may produce chemicals that cause pain. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery may cause pain. Pain management is an important part of cancer care.

How is cancer pain diagnosed?

What is non-pharmacologic treatment for cancer pain? These therapies are used in addition to medicine to decrease or control cancer pain. Talk to your healthcare provider about the right therapy for you.

What else can I do to help manage my pain?

Call 911 for the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?


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