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Posted on September 30th, 2019
Pain associated with lung cancer can affect the quality of life, routine activities, eating habits, the ability to get a good night's sleep, and the way you interact with others. If you are experiencing pain due to lung cancer or its treatment, you need to be aware of the fact that pain is a symptom that can be managed and controlled.
Patients with lung cancer experience pain that may arise from different sources. The tumor mass itself can cause pain if it presses down or grows into healthy tissues, and sometimes, cancer treatment may also lead to pain, for instance, there may be pain after surgery or chemotherapy may lead to pain caused by mouth ulcers. Often, patients with lung cancer may experience more than one type of pain at the same time.
Patients with lung cancer may experience different types of pain, which include:
It certainly requires different approaches to control these different types of pain, and for this reason, it is important for your health care team to understand the root cause of your lung cancer-related pain. You need to discuss the following regarding your lung cancer-related pain with your doctor:
In addition, it is also important to let your health care team know how much relief you are deriving from the pain medications or other methods of pain control, the episodes of breakthrough pain, and the way pain affects your daily life, for instance, is it disturbing your night sleep or your ability to eat.
There have been several advances in the field of pain management, which help patients take control of their constant pain. Effective pain management can improve a patient's quality of life. There are various pain relief options including prescription and over-the-counter medications. It is important to discuss with your healthcare team before you take any over-the-counter medications and check whether it is safe and has no interference with your other treatments. Here are a few pain management options: