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.