Gallbladder Cancer Pain Management & Control
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Pain Management for Gallbladder Cancer
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we understand that each patient experiences pain differently. Because unrelieved pain can have such a powerful impact on your quality of life, our gallbladder cancer pain management practitioners will take as much time as needed to fully understand your condition.
We really listen, so we’re able to identify the cause of your pain and take the appropriate steps to manage it. Our experienced team of licensed pain management clinicians will then work with you throughout your treatment to find the right combination of treatments and techniques to ensure you are able to achieve cancer pain control.
Finding the Right Pain Management Strategy for You
The severity and prevalence of pain you may experience during your gallbladder cancer treatment depends on many factors, from the site and stage of your gallbladder cancer to the location of metastases (where the cancer has spread). Cancer-related pain can result from either the disease or its treatment.
At CTCA we use a variety of treatment modalities to combat pain. Throughout your treatment for gallbladder cancer, your pain management practitioner will continuously evaluate you to identify the source of your pain, and to find the right strategy to help you control it. Our cancer pain management options include:
- Prescribed medications
- Implanted pain pumps
- Nerve block therapies
- Radiation therapy
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Relaxation techniques
- Guided imagery
- Chiropractic treatment
Your personal pain management clinician will work with you to individualize these options, and to find the gallbladder cancer pain control methods that are appropriate for you.
For patients staying at the hospital, “Comfort Rounds” are conducted twice weekly. During these visits, our cancer pain management practitioners thoroughly evaluate your current pain level and how your current treatment approach is working. They can then make modifications to your treatment plan to improve your quality of life, and help you focus on healing.
Integrating Pain Management into Your Cancer Care
The CTCA pain management team is fully integrated with the other disciplines offered at the hospital. In addition to medication, your pain management clinician will work with other members of your CTCA gallbladder cancer care team to find the appropriate options to manage your pain:
- Naturopathic clinicians use natural therapies to help you combat pain and manage the side effects of pain medication.
- The oncology rehabilitation team plays a key role in pain management by using physical therapy and a variety of other techniques to improve mobility and trigger the release of endorphins, which are the immune system’s natural defense against pain.
- The mind-body medicine team is available to teach you relaxation tools to help you manage pain, and to reduce the anxiety and fatigue related to cancer or cancer treatment.
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