Information about cancer related pain, how it is treated and common side effects of treatment.
Understanding and Managing Pain
Pain is an unpleasant sensation that can be described in a number of ways. It can be temporary or can last for a long period of time. This handout provides an overview of pain, possible causes, rating pain, and how with treatment it can be managed.
Breakthrough pain is a sudden flare of pain the "breaks through" the long-acting medication prescribed to treat moderate to sever persistent pain. It is a type of pain that can be experienced by someone who has chronic pain.
Concerns about Opioid Use
Opioids are a class of medication used to treat pain in the cancer population. When used correctly these medications can be useful in managing chronic and acute pain.
Arm Pain after Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
During some surgeries, there is a chance that a certain nerve will be damaged. This nerve is called the intercostobrachial nerve (ICBN). Damage to this nerve can cause arm pain that is not due to lymphedema.
Resources for More Information: Cancer Pain Management
This article provides resources for more information for patients and caregivers coping with cancer pain management.