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Should you wait to treat cancer pain?

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Pain should be treated early. It is important to take whatever medicine is needed. You do not need to save the stronger medicines for later. If your body gets used to the medicine you are taking, your medicine may not relieve the pain as well as it once did. This is called tolerance. Tolerance may be a problem with cancer pain treatment because of the length of time you are on the medicine. But the amount of medicine can be changed or other medicines can be added.

SOURCE: National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov).

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

SOURCE: National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov).

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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