What is pain management?
Managing pain is a priority during cancer treatment. Our experienced Pain Management team cares for you throughout your treatment to ensure that you are comfortable. We use a variety of modalities to treat and control pain, including:
- Prescription medications
- Implanted pain pumps
- Nerve block therapies
- Physical therapy
- Acupuncture and auriculotherapy
- Massage therapy
- Relaxation techniques and guided imagery
- Chiropractic treatment
Integrated approach to pain control
Our pain management team is fully integrated with your oncologist and other members of your team. In addition to medication, your pain management regimen may include one or more of our integrative oncology services:
- Naturopathic medicine uses natural therapies to help you combat pain, as well as reduce the hormonal side effects that may accompany cancer treatment.
- Oncology rehabilitation plays a key role in pain management by using a variety of physical therapy and 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.
For patients staying at the hospital, “Comfort Rounds” are conducted twice weekly. During these visits, pain management practitioners thoroughly evaluate your current pain level and how your current treatment approach is working, and make any necessary modifications to your treatment plan.
Video: Pain ManagementDr. Mark Axness briefly discusses the individualized pain management cancer patients receive at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Pain management for leukemia
Many leukemia patients experience bone or joint pain that results from the bone marrow being overcrowded with leukemia cells. Sometimes the side effects of leukemia treatments can result in pain. For example, some drug therapies and radiation therapy can damage the nerves and cause neuropathic pain.
Throughout your treatment, the pain management team is on call 24/7 to help you anticipate and proactively manage cancer-related pain. We really listen to you, so we’re able to understand your pain and take the appropriate steps to manage it.
We'll ensure you are comfortable and continually receiving the pain relief you need. We will also troubleshoot any side effects of pain medication, such as nausea, drowsiness and constipation. The goal is to find a balance between controlling pain and preserving quality of life.
A team approach to pain control
Throughout your leukemia treatment, your cancer pain management practitioner will consult regularly with your oncologists and the other members of your care team to balance pain medicine with supportive options aimed at alleviating pain, as well as other symptoms that contribute to pain.
For example, oncology rehabilitation uses physical therapy, massage and other therapies to improve mobility and reduce pain. Mind-body medicine uses counseling, stress management and relaxation techniques to alleviate symptoms contributing to pain.