Severe Cancer pain

Severe Cancer Pain: Getting Help to Manage It

People with advanced cancer can experience severe pain. This pain can range from mild to intense, and it can come and go over time. Treatment options may include medications, therapies, and lifestyle changes. Some lifestyle modifications may help reduce and even prevent cancer-related pain.

Common treatments for severe cancer pain include:

  • Medications. Your doctor may prescribe medications to relieve your pain. These may include over-the-counter drugs, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen; or stronger, prescription painkillers, such as codeine or oxycodone.
  • Therapy. Physical therapy and other techniques, such as massage, relaxation, and acupuncture, can be used to relieve cancer-related pain. Heat and cold therapy may also be helpful.
  • Other therapies. Your doctor may recommend nerve blocks or nerve stimulation to help control severe pain. In some cases, surgery may also be an option.
  • Lifestyle changes. Your doctor may suggest ways to reduce pain related to your cancer. Smoking cessation, exercise, diet, relaxation techniques, and meditation can all help reduce pain.

It is important to discuss all of your options with your doctor. Many people are able to manage their pain with medications, therapies, and lifestyle changes. However, if these options do not help, additional treatments may be needed.