Coping with Pain in Childhood Cancer


HeiniSymptom 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

 

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

Posted on 4 July, 2016, in Blog, Cancer Treatments and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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