In a review paper published this month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, physicians from the University of New Mexico Cancer Center outline approaches to pain management following cancer treatment. The intent is to encourage oncologists, survivorship teams, and primary care physicians to work together to help cancer survivors experience the quality of life that their treatment was designed to achieve.
Cancer survivors may experience ongoing pain from surgical procedures or chemotherapy due to induced nerve damage. They may also have lymphedema, a painful swelling that results when fluid builds up in tissues. The review paper, “Pain in Cancer Survivors”, describes the multimodal approach used by UNM Cancer Center clinicians to manage pain. Read a news story about the recommendations, with link to the paper abstract here.