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 non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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.
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.
Throughout your NHL treatment, your pain specialist will consult regularly with the other members of your 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.