OverviewEffective pain management enables people with cancer to live the lives they want to lead—to eat, sleep, spend time with loved ones, work, pursue hobbies—and this helpful guide explains the many pain-relief options available, including medicines and other methods. Readers will discover how to achieve acceptable pain control and how to understand the optimal balance between pain relief and the potential side effects of pain medications. The book addresses step-by-step ways to describe pain and communicate pain-relief needs; common barriers to pain relief and how to overcome them; and practical tips and strategies for coping with side effects of pain medication.
Author BiographyThe American Cancer Society is an organization committed to fighting cancer through balanced programs of research, education, patient service, advocacy, and rehabilitation. Its goals emphasize prevention, early detection, and screening; comprehensive treatment information; answers to questions about insurance, money, and planning for the future; and strategies for coping with the physical symptoms and emotional effects of cancer. They are based in Atlanta.