Pain Management during Treatment

Last Modified: June 8, 2012

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I am getting chemo & radiation. Should I tough it out with the pain during treatment? I'm afraid to start taking pain killers.


Alexander Lin, MD, Radiation Oncologist at Penn Medicine, responds:

You should not "tough it out." There are many forms of therapy we can employ during therapy to minimize pain. By minimizing pain, your ability to maintain your weight, hydration, and nutritional status will be greatly improved. This, in the end, will help maximize your chances of long-term cancer control.


Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN OncoLink Nurse Educator at Penn Medicine, responds:

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