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What should you do if you have pain from advanced colorectal cancer?

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Not everyone with advanced colorectal cancer will have pain from the disease or its treatments. But if you do, it's important to tell your doctor about it. Don't keep it to yourself. You may need a new drug or treatment to shrink your tumor. It may also help to add a pain specialist to your cancer care team. Other things can help, too, like massage and hot and cold packs.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of colon cancer by stage," "When Cancer Comes Back: Cancer Recurrence," "Surgery for Colorectal Cancer," “Signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer.”

UptoDate: "Patient information: Colorectal cancer treatment; metastatic cancer."

Dartmouth Medicine: "Trial tests vaccine made from tumor cells."

Cancer Research UK: "Controlling sickness in advanced cancer."

National Jewish Health: "Lung Cancer: Lifestyle Management."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "New Treatment and Research."

National Cancer Institute: "Metastatic Cancer Fact Sheet," "TAS-102 Improves Overall Survival in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "New drug combination extends survival of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer."

Cleveland Clinic.org: "Colorectal Cancer Overview."

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Pain Services."

Van Blarigan, E. April 2015. Journal of Clinical Oncology,

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Treatment of colon cancer by stage," "When Cancer Comes Back: Cancer Recurrence," "Surgery for Colorectal Cancer," “Signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer.”

UptoDate: "Patient information: Colorectal cancer treatment; metastatic cancer."

Dartmouth Medicine: "Trial tests vaccine made from tumor cells."

Cancer Research UK: "Controlling sickness in advanced cancer."

National Jewish Health: "Lung Cancer: Lifestyle Management."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "New Treatment and Research."

National Cancer Institute: "Metastatic Cancer Fact Sheet," "TAS-102 Improves Overall Survival in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "New drug combination extends survival of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer."

Cleveland Clinic.org: "Colorectal Cancer Overview."

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Pain Services."

Van Blarigan, E. April 2015. Journal of Clinical Oncology,

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 01, 2018

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