At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the pain management department makes it a priority to help patients improve their comfort levels and maintain quality of life. When left untreated, pain can affect a patient’s mood, stamina and overall well-being, making it difficult to tolerate anti-cancer treatment. To reduce those risks, the pain management physicians at Southwestern work closely with you and your care team to identify your level of pain and prescribe an approach that meets your needs. Managing the pain early may help prevent it from worsening or causing other side effects like nausea, insomnia or depression.
Pain varies from person to person. It may occur frequently or once in a while, and may feel dull, achy or sharp. The type of pain may depend on the cancer type and stage, how much the cancer has spread, and your pain tolerance level. Whether it is slight, severe or chronic, pain is a common side effect of cancer and its treatment, affecting an estimated one-third of patients who undergo cancer treatment.
The pain management physicians at our Tulsa hospital are educated and experienced in evaluating, treating and managing cancer-related pain. At Southwestern, our doctors offer a variety of pain control methods and collaborate with other members of your care team to recommend a treatment plan designed to help you find relief and restore your quality of life. In addition to working with medical oncologists, our pain management physicians also collaborate with nutrition therapists, naturopathic providers and other supportive-care clinicians in delivering whole-patient care. This extended care team shares a commitment to delivering high-quality care in a compassionate manner to our patients. Together, they strive to help patients by designing individualized treatment plans, to attack the cancer and help manage side effects.