Q. My mother has been struggling with pain since she was diagnosed with cancer. What can she do?
Both you and your mother should speak to her medical care team about the pain she is experiencing and ways to manage it. Her doctor needs to know about her level of pain and must continue to reassess it with each visit. If you have already spoken to the medical team, but feel that the pain has not been adequately managed, ask your doctor for a referral to a pain clinic, where you can consult with a pain specialist whose sole concern is controlling and managing the pain associated with cancer. Remember, pain management is an important part of cancer treatment, so speak up!
CancerCare publications that address pain include:
- Controlling Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know to Get Relief
- Opening the Door to Effective Pain Management
Also, the American Pain Society offers helpful information.