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Pain Management

Some people with cancer may experience pain caused by the cancer itself or related to its treatment. For example, one type of pain experienced by some cancer patients is neuropathy (new-rap-uh-thee). Neuropathy is numbness, tingling, or pain in the hands and feet resulting from nerve damage that is caused by some types of chemotherapy. The good news is that pain can often be controlled through medication or other means.

Let your care team know if you are feeling pain. You should call right away if you have sudden pain that you did not have before, particularly pain in your chest or when you breathe. Your doctor or nurse will ask you to describe your pain: where it is, how bad it is, how long it lasts, and how often it occurs.

They will also ask you whether it is dull or sharp, and what makes it better or worse. Once your care team knows the type of pain you are having, they will work with you to choose the best treatment. It may be over the-counter medication or a prescription pain reliever, or even breathing and relaxation techniques.

You do not have to live with pain – you can manage it with their help. Our pain and spine specialists ensure every patient receives a comprehensive, customized pain management treatment plan.

Remember, when you experience side effects, it is important to contact Texas Oncology first before going to an emergency room or urgent care clinic.