For many patients, pain management is the most significant aspect of palliative care. Our Center-wide program ensures that patients who have pain are identified as soon as possible and treated appropriately and effectively. Choose from the list below to find up-to-date information about cancer pain and pain management.

  • Overview of Cancer Pain

    Most newly diagnosed cancer patients do not actually have pain associated with the disease. Nonetheless, it is a symptom that many cancer patients fear at diagnosis.

  • Causes of Cancer Pain

    Patients with cancer can have pain from the tumor itself, or as a side effect of treatment.

  • Treating Cancer Pain

    If you are feeling pain during or after treatment for cancer, talk to your physician or nurse. Options are available for managing pain effectively in most patients.

  • Management of Side Effects

    Because many common side effects of pain medicines are also symptoms of other conditions -- including, sometimes, the underlying cancer -- an interdisciplinary approach to pain management is important.

  • Pain Management After the Hospital Stay

    Whether the patient is in the hospital, at home, or in a long-term care facility, effective pain management is an essential part of comprehensive cancer care.

  • Pain Management: FAQs

    Answers to questions about pain management that patients and caregivers have asked Memorial Sloan Kettering clinicians.