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Can I treat cancer pain without drugs?

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Your doctor might suggest:

  • Surgery to take out all or part of a tumor that's pressing on a nerve or an organ.
  • Radiation to shrink a tumor enough to relieve pain. Sometimes one dose is enough.
  • Surgery to cut a nerve your tumor is pressing against.
  • Injections to numb the nerve that’s causing your pain.

From: How to Tame Cancer Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Cancer Pain Management and Treatment."

American Cancer Society: "Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain."

National Cancer Institute: "Pain Control."

Cancer Care: Opening the Door to Effective Pain Management: Getting the Facts and Getting Help."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Peripheral Neuropathy." "Pain: Additional Ways to Manage Pain."

Simmons, C.P.L. , 2012. Clinical Medicine Insights: Oncology

Macmillan Cancer Support: "Controlling the symptoms of secondary cancer in the liver."

Cancer Research UK: "Other ways of treating cancer pain."

Cleveland Clinic: "Need a Nerve Block? 4 Things You Should Know."

Kwekkeboom, K.L. . August 2008. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Resource Center: "The Management of Cancer Pain."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Treating Cancer Pain."

Pharmacy Times. “Mouth Ulcers Due to Cancer Treatment.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Cancer Pain Management and Treatment."

American Cancer Society: "Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain."

National Cancer Institute: "Pain Control."

Cancer Care: Opening the Door to Effective Pain Management: Getting the Facts and Getting Help."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Peripheral Neuropathy." "Pain: Additional Ways to Manage Pain."

Simmons, C.P.L. , 2012. Clinical Medicine Insights: Oncology

Macmillan Cancer Support: "Controlling the symptoms of secondary cancer in the liver."

Cancer Research UK: "Other ways of treating cancer pain."

Cleveland Clinic: "Need a Nerve Block? 4 Things You Should Know."

Kwekkeboom, K.L. . August 2008. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Resource Center: "The Management of Cancer Pain."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Treating Cancer Pain."

Pharmacy Times. “Mouth Ulcers Due to Cancer Treatment.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

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