Pain management for metastatic breast cancer

While metastatic breast cancer and some of its treatments can cause pain, there are also many ways to manage pain and get relief.

Pain can be a symptom of the cancer itself, or a side effect of treatments. The spine, pelvis, ribs, and long bones in the arms and legs are common places for breast cancer to metastasize and cause pain.  Treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, and hormonal therapy can also trigger pain for some people.

It’s important to know that there are lots of options for managing pain so you can feel better. Pain can be treated using different strategies including radiation therapy, pain medication, and medical marijuana.

If you have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and you’re experiencing pain, don’t hesitate to let your doctor or nurse know. Together, you and your medical team can decide on a strategy that allows you to stay focused on the things that matter the most to you.  

Information about pain management

Below, you can find more information about ways to manage pain related to metastatic breast cancer.

 

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