Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Pain Management & Control
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Pain Management for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Being able to get pain under control during non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) treatment is important to the healing process. Unrelieved pain interferes with everything in your life, including your appetite, energy level and sleep.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) offers a pain management team to help you achieve cancer pain control before, during and after your NHL treatment. Your pain specialist will help you use your energy to fight the disease.
An Individualized Approach to Pain Management
Pain associated with NHL is generally related to the tumor size and location. And, since the disease can develop in many parts of the body - such as the neck, groin, breastbone and underarm - pain varies for each individual. Thus, an individualized approach to cancer pain management is essential.
Upon your arrival at CTCA, you’ll meet with a pain specialist to assess your pain. Based on this assessment, you’ll receive a personalized plan that includes the cancer pain control methods best suited to you.
Pain Control Methods for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Many NHL patients experience bone and/or nerve pain. To control this type of pain, your pain specialist may use medications, such as nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-convulsants or narcotics. Other cancer pain management methods may include nerve blocks, pain patches, pain pumps, steroid injections and acupuncture.
Because of the complex nature of cancer-related pain, successful pain management for NHL usually involves a combination of techniques.
Collaboration With Your Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Team
Throughout your NHL treatment, your pain specialist will consult regularly with the other members of your CTCA care team to balance pain methods with supportive options, such as oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine. The goal is to help you achieve cancer pain control so you can fight the disease and continue to participate in activities you enjoy.
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