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Treating cancer pain

There are many different ways of treating cancer pain. And there are different people who can treat it.

Doctors and nurses will assess your pain to make sure you get the right treatment. You might have some worries about pain treatment, but knowing more about it can be reassuring. 

Who treats cancer pain

Many people can treat cancer pain, from health professionals to counsellors. It’s worth knowing what each of them can do. There are also small things you can do to help yourself.

Measuring cancer pain

Doctors measure cancer pain so they can give you the right treatment. This can include asking questions, examining you and rating your pain on a scale.


Whatever painkillers you have to treat cancer pain, it helps to know more about what you're taking and any possible side effects.

Worries about taking painkillers

Some things can get in the way of treating pain effectively, including any worries you might have about painkillers. Knowing about these barriers can help.

Cancer treatments to reduce your pain

Your guide to cancer treatments, and painkilling injections into your spine, used to reduce pain.

Nerve blocks

Find out about nerve blocks used to treat cancer pain.

Strengthening painful bones

Cancer that spreads to the bones can cause pain. Find out about treatments that can strengthen painful bones.

Things you can do to reduce cancer pain

There are many ways that you and your family can help to control your pain.

Last reviewed: 
30 Jan 2018

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