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Cancer pain management focuses on treating and managing pain related to cancer and its treatment. This includes both the physical and mental aspects of pain management. Another name for this type of service centering on relieving symptoms is palliative care.
At Dignity Health, we take a team approach to cancer care with board-certified providers including doctors, nurses, counselors, rehabilitation specialists, and more. Get started learning about our pain management for cancer in Arizona by calling 877.437.6003 or using our Find a Doctor tool.
If you’re experiencing pain from cancer symptoms or treatment, your care team can help. Your doctor may recommend pain management for the following types and causes of cancer pain:
Common cancer pain management services include:
Your pain is something only you can fully understand. No one else can tell you how it feels or what makes it better. This makes it important for you to accurately describe it to your care team at Dignity Health. They will ask you to use a rating scale to measure your pain, and explain it using words like sharp, dull, throbbing, or burning. They will want to know how long it lasts, what helps it, what makes it worse, and how it affects your daily living.
Together, you and your care team will create a pain control plan. This will likely involve keeping a pain journal to track your pain and medication use. With advances in pain management and the support of your family, friends, and care team, you’ll be better able to cope with the challenges of cancer and its treatment.