The best way to control
cancer pain is to tell your doctor exactly how your
pain feels, where it is, and what works or does not work to control it. A
written pain control diary will help you do this.
Your family and
health care team can help you create a
pain control diary(What is a PDF document?). This diary will help you keep track of when you use each
treatment, how it works, and any side effects that you may have. This written
record will track your progress, and will help your health care team know what
you need. It will be easier for your doctor to see how well your pain treatment
Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with childhood liver cancer. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.
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You can also use your pain control diary to write down
questions for your doctor, the answers to your questions, and any changes that
you and your doctor have made to your treatment. Be sure to include information
such as clear instructions about who and when to call if you have problems or
Cancer pain in older adults
Older adults are at risk for not getting enough pain medicine. If you are a caregiver for an older adult who has cancer,
talk with that person to make sure their pain is under control. Talk with the person's doctor, too, about a pain