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Why Talking about Cancer Pain Is Important

Any pain can affect your life, interfering with your daily activities, your mood, your sleep, and even more. When you’re also fighting cancer, though, the burden is potentially greater, since cancer and its treatment are enough to cause similar issues. But you don’t have to simply accept the pain you’re feeling. All pain can be treated, and minimized if not fully relieved, but it takes an honest discussion with your cancer management team to get there. 

Adding an interventional pain management specialist like the professionals at Choice Cancer Care helps you to focus on your cancer and its treatment without energy lost to coping with pain. As cancer pain experts, they have treatment alternatives and strategies that work for the pain you’re suffering. You can speak comfortably and confidently, knowing that they have the experience — and the success — with dedicated cancer pain relief.

Pain management is part of treatment

Not everyone with cancer experiences pain. It is, however, expected and common with some types and stages. Your oncologist may advise you of the types of pain you could encounter, and they won’t be surprised if you discuss pain symptoms with them. It’s all a normal part of the cancer experience, something that 41% of all Americans will deal with at some point.

Sometimes, though, it’s tempting not to mention pain. Fear of pain is common, and it’s natural to attach pain symptoms to the idea that your cancer is getting worse, even though that’s not always the case. It may be that your pain symptoms stem from cancer treatments, or from complications like infections, which need treatment that’s separate from your cancer care. 

Therefore, communicating your pain is not only a good idea, it’s part of receiving the best care for your cancer and any of its complications. 

“Bothering” your doctor

Most people want to be good patients, those who respect their doctor’s knowledge and experience. They want their caregivers focused on their cancer, not on what they might think of as petty complaints that could sidetrack their doctor’s attention. 

This “best behavior” reaction is common, but again, it robs your medical team of important information about the progress of your disease and your treatment. Your instincts may be counterintuitive. Pain may even mask other symptoms, further endangering the information you can give to your cancer team. 

Fear of medication

Admitting to pain could also be connected with a fear of stronger medications, and in larger doses, as a submission to the advancement of the disease. At one point in the treatment of cancer, holding back strong opioids like morphine was a late-stage strategy, but it’s not the case anymore.

Fear of addiction is another concern that cancer patients sometimes blow out of proportion. For the average patient, without a previous history of substance abuse, there’s little chance that medications taken for cancer pain will result in addiction. 

Consider adding Choice Cancer Care to your cancer management team early in your treatment. Fast response to pain symptoms helps to keep you comfortable and focused on the important things. Contact the most convenient of their three locations by phone, or with the online booking tool available on this page.

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