Controlling Pain in Cancer
My mother had advanced lung cancer and is starting to have significant pain. She is very hesitant to take anything – she says she doesn't want to be an addict. I am pretty sure that is not a reasonable fear, but I am not expert. What are the facts?
Suzanne Walker CRNP, MSN, AOCN, Nurse Practitioner for Thoracic Malignancies at Penn Medicine responds:
I would further explore your mother's concerns about addiction. What makes her feel that way (ie, a previous personal experience)? The percentage of patients with cancer pain who develop a true addiction is very small. When I discuss this with my patients, they usually feel more comfortable with starting pain medications.
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