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 uterine cancer
For uterine cancer patients, we treat pain that results from a variety of causes, including side effects from surgery or chemotherapy, as well as pre-existing health issues, such as headaches or stomach aches. Your pain management practitioner will develop a customized pain control plan based on the other medications you are taking, and the medications that have worked in the past, if any.
We also help you address any side effects that uterine cancer treatment may have on your sexual function, such as pain, vaginal dryness or low libido. You’ll meet with our pain management team individually or with your partner to discuss solutions. Our Survivorship Support program also helps you address any intimacy concerns once you have completed treatment.
Uterine cancer pain
If you have pain, the severity and prevalence of your pain may depend on many factors, including the type and stage of uterine cancer, your treatment plan and your tolerance for pain.
You may experience pain from the cancer itself, or as a side effect of cancer treatment. Uterine cancer pain may result from:
- A tumor putting pressure on tissues, bones, nerves or organs
- Poor blood circulation because the cancer has blocked blood vessels
- Blockage of an organ or tube in the body, such as the kidneys or bladder
- Side effects of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or other cancer treatments
- Cancer cells that have spread to other sites in the body, known as metastases
- Pain that is completely independent from cancer or cancer treatment (e.g., headaches, backaches, muscle strains, arthritis or other common pains)