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How is cancer pain treated?

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Pain-relieving drugs are the most common treatment option for cancer. Over-the-counter pain meds like ibuprofen and acetaminophen work well for mild aches. Check with your health care team before you take any to make sure they won’t affect the way your cancer medicines work. For more severe pain, your doctor may write you a prescription for an opioid or narcotic drug like codeine, fentanyl, morphine, or oxycodone. These drugs are powerful, and you might be afraid you'll get addicted to them. But that shouldn’t happen if you follow your doctor’s instructions.

From: How to Tame Cancer Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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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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