Coping with Pain in Childhood Cancer
Symptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.
Pain is a common symptom in people with cancer. However, up to 95% of cancer pain can be treated successfully. Untreated pain can make other aspects of cancer, such as constipation, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, depression, nausea, weakness, sleep disturbances, and mental confusion, seem worse.
Some individuals are concerned that pain medication is addictive or will make them sleepy or groggy so do not report the pain to their healthcare team. This is not a good idea as pain can result in your child’s overall wellness and their healing suffering. Your child’s doctor or a pain specialist can help you find a medication that works for them and suggest other methods of pain relief in addition to medication.
Cancer-related pain that is not addressed can make other symptoms or side effects of cancer seem worse. A person may also experience unnecessary fatigue, depression, anger, worry, or stress. Finding a solution for the pain will help your child remain active, sleep better, improve their appetite, and enjoy activities and time spent with their family and friends.
Your child may have pain because of the cancer itself, from the cancer treatment, or can be as a result of causes unrelated to cancer
There are different types of cancer pain; pain may last just a short time after a particular treatment or other event; pain that only occurs from time to time; and pain that is long-lasting and constant. Pain may also increase suddenly even though it is being treated; this is called breakthrough pain and generally happens during or after some type of activity.
Cancer pain can be treated and/or managed in a variety of ways, including the use of pain medication and methods that do not use medication.
Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Pain on our static page, Pain in Childhood Cancer
Posted on 4 July, 2016, in Blog, Cancer Treatments and tagged cancer, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, Fighting Cancer, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, Pain, side effects. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.