When medicines are not enough to relieve
cancer pain or when they cause troublesome side
effects, other treatments may help.
Radiation is the use of X-rays to
destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors. It is used to destroy cancer growths
that press on your nerves, bones, or spinal cord. The type of radiation that you receive
depends on your cancer diagnosis, the area of your body that is affected, and your previous history of radiation therapy. Destroying growths
relieves pressure on organs and nerves and reduces pain.
Nerve blocks usually are used only after other
treatments have not worked. A nerve block is a drug that is injected into or
around a nerve to temporarily prevent the nerve from telling your brain about
the pain. In some cases, deadening the nerve may not only reduce the pain but
also lower the amount of medicine you need.
Note: Information about physical adjustment to treatment, problems with physical and cognitive development, and life after cancer treatment will be added to this summary in the future.
The goal of supportive care is to improve the quality of life for young cancer patients and their families.
Most children with cancer can be cured. However, cancer treatment for young patients can cause unwanted side effects and other problems during and after treatment. Early treatment of cancer symptoms...
Being physically active also can help with your emotional and mental health. It can be hard to be active when you don't feel well. But if you are able, going for a walk or going swimming may help you feel better, especially during cancer treatment.
Short-term crisis counseling or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may help you manage cancer pain or the discomfort from cancer treatments. Counseling may also help your partner or family members.
People sometimes use complementary therapies
along with medical treatment to help relieve symptoms and side effects of
cancer treatments. Some of the complementary therapies that may be helpful include:
These mind-body treatments may help you feel better. They can make it easier to cope with treatment. They also may reduce chronic low back pain, joint pain, headaches, and pain from treatments.
Before you try a complementary therapy, talk to your doctor about the possible value and potential side effects. Let your doctor know if you are already using any such therapies. They are not meant to take the place of standard medical treatment.