Colorectal Cancer Pain Management & Control
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Pain Management for Colorectal Cancer
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we aggressively treat pain due to colorectal cancer or its treatment just as we aggressively fight the disease.
Our experienced team of licensed pain management clinicians evaluates you throughout your care to ensure you are comfortable and receiving the pain relief you need.
Finding the Right Modality to Treat Your Pain
As a patient at CTCA, you’ll work with a cancer pain management clinician throughout the course of your treatment. He or she will spend time with you to better understand how you are feeling and learn about any symptoms you are experiencing.
Your pain management clinician will thoroughly evaluate you to identify the source of your pain. Then, he or she will recommend a medication or therapy, or combination of treatments, which can best control your pain.
Our cancer pain management team uses a variety of modalities to treat and control pain, including the following:
- Prescribed medications
- Implanted pain pumps
- Nerve block therapies
- Radiation therapy
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Relaxation techniques
- Guided imagery
- Chiropractic treatment
Pain Control Methods for Colorectal Cancer
Your CTCA colorectal cancer pain management clinician will help you take the proper steps to manage pain and maintain a good quality of life. He or she will constantly reassess your pain. If you are on a regimen of pain control medication and in discomfort, your pain management clinician may gradually increase the dosage of your pain medication until the pain diminishes, or alter your medication until the right medication is found.
Managing Colorectal Cancer Pain as a Team
Your pain management clinician will work with other members of your CTCA care team to determine the most appropriate solutions to manage your pain.
For instance, if you experience any pain or discomfort due to constipation or gas, your cancer pain management clinician, dietitian and naturopathic clinician will work together to find a treatment that helps you maintain bowel regularity and control gas. Additionally, your naturopathic clinician can provide relief for side effects caused by pain medications.
Your CTCA rehabilitation therapist (e.g., physical therapist) and mind-body therapist can also help you control colorectal cancer-related pain. Physical therapy plays a key role in pain management as increased mobility causes an increase in endorphins, the immune system’s natural defense against pain. Your mind-body therapist will teach you ways to cope and relax. This can help prevent anxiety and fatigue, which decrease your tolerance to pain.