With a deep understanding of how a cancer diagnosis can upend the lives of our patients, we are committed to treating cancer effectively, and keeping our patients as comfortable as possible through the process. With cancer pain management, we are able to employ a range of highly effective options that provide relief, giving each patient the strength, stamina and confidence to maintain the battle.
Cancer Pain Management
What is pain?
Pain is a sensation of discomfort, distress, or agony. It may be acute or chronic. Acute pain is moderate to severe and lasts a relatively short time (usually less than three months). It is usually a signal that body tissue is being injured in some way, and it generally disappears when the injury heals. Chronic pain may range from mild to severe, and is present to some degree for longer periods of time (generally lasting longer than three to six months). Because pain is unique to each individual, a person's pain cannot be evaluated by someone else.
With cancer, will I have pain?
Many people believe individuals with cancer must be in pain. This is not necessarily the case. Further, even if pain cannot be prevented, it can often be reduced or alleviated. Pain management is an important topic to discuss with your physician as soon as a diagnosis of cancer is made or suspected.
Pain may occur as a result of cancer or for other reasons. It is normal to have occasional general discomfort, headaches, pains, and muscle strains in daily life, even without cancer. But, even after a cancer diagnosis, not every pain is related to or caused by cancer. Cancer pain may depend on the type of cancer, the stage (extent) of the disease, and an individual's threshold (tolerance) for pain.