Relief from Cancer Pain

Pain is common for people with cancer, and can have a major impact on your quality of life. Cancer pain differs from person to person. But most everyone who has cancer pain will benefit from managing the pain and easing symptoms.

While your provider may prescribe medicines to help with your cancer pain, there are alternative treatments such as acupuncture or reiki that can help to relieve the hurt and discomfort. Talk to your provider about pain management, which is an important part of a patient’s healing.

What causes cancer pain?

There are 3 types of cancer pain:

  1. Pain from the tumor: This usually happens because the tumor is large enough to press on other areas of the body, causing discomfort or pain.
  2. Pain from cancer treatment: Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, or the combination of all three, can cause pain or discomfort. It is important to let your healthcare provider know about your pain, so you will have the most appropriate plan for pain management.
  3. Pain after surgery: Pain after surgery is most often is a short-term problem. Your provider will prescribe appropriate medicine right after surgery to relieve your pain. Pain relief helps the healing process.

Alternative therapies to relieve cancer pain

There are many alternative approaches that may help lessen your pain:

  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation
  • Guided Imagery
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction
  • Exercise
  • Reiki

If you would like more information on this topic or others, reach out to one of our health educators for help.
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