​Pain management

This page was reviewed under our medical and editorial policy by
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science at CTCA.

This page was updated on April 29, 2022.

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Pain management is a medical field dedicated to controlling pain with a variety of tools. Cancer-related pain is often caused by the actual tumor, especially when the tumor is pushing on nerves, organs and bones. Pain may also result from surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments.

An estimated one in three cancer patients experiences pain after cancer treatment. Those with advanced cancer are more likely to suffer severe pain. However, the National Cancer Institute reports that 90 percent of patients find relief from simple pain management therapies.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), pain management physicians use the science of medicine to guide patients in finding comfort and improving their quality of life. CTCA® pain management clinicians are part of a team of health care professionals, including physicians and nurses who focus on evaluating, treating and managing acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) pain.

Our clinicians use a combination of pain-control methods, including pharmacological approaches, such as prescription medications, and non-pharmacological approaches. Pharmacological approaches use analgesics and/or other drugs, while non-pharmacological approaches involve therapies, including behavioral, neurological or psychological interventions.

The pain management team at CTCA focuses on treating patients with cancer-related pain, so they can focus on healing and completing everyday tasks. Our pain management clinicians are part of a wider integrative care team, led by a medical oncologist and coordinated by a care manager.

Because each patient may experience pain differently, we tailor pain management therapies to each individual patient. The team approach at CTCA is designed to put patients in the middle of their care, treating the disease and managing side effects so they can get back to their lives.

Pain management may be used to manage a number of cancer-related symptoms and side effects, including: