This booklet gives clear and concise answers to 21 questions frequently asked by people with cancer pain. Topics include communicating pain to health providers, analgesics available to relieve pain, and management of side effects associated with opioid analgesics.
Children's Cancer Pain Can Be Relieved.
Wisconsin Cancer Pain Initiative; 1989, p. 12.
This booklet is written for parents of children who have cancer and discusses many issues that confront children in pain and their families. A question-and-answer format is used to explain the assessment of pain in infants and children, the use of analgesics, and the management of side effects. Resources for families of children with cancer also are included.
Jeff Asks About Cancer Pain. Wisconsin Cancer Pain Initiative; 1990, p. 12.
This booklet addresses accurately and candidly the needs of adolescents who have cancer pain. It includes myths regarding addiction, methods for relieving side effects of opioids, and instructions for taking opioid analgesics during school hours. Adolescents will appreciate the language and style.
Questions and Answers About Pain Control: A Guide for People With Cancer and Their Families. American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute; 1992, p. 76.
This book provides in-depth and current information in an easy-to- understand, question-and-answer format. Information is included on pain assessment, nonprescription and prescription medications, and nondrug interventions such as relaxation, imagery, and applications of superficial heat and cold. Common fears related to opioid analgesics (i.e., safety, addiction) are discussed, and tips for managing side effects of opioid analgesics are provided.
Facing Forward: A Guide for Cancer Survivors.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, July 1990. NIH Publication No. 90-2424, p 43.
This booklet was developed to give cancer survivors practical ideas to help cope with common concerns. The topics covered are: continuing to care for your health; taking care of your feelings; managing insurance issues; and earning a living. Experiences of other cancer survivors are included, as well as facts, practical tips, options for taking control of your situation, and other resources that may be useful.
Teamwork: The Cancer Patient's Guide to Talking with Your Doctor. National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, 1991, p 32.
This booklet is written by cancer survivors and doctors to help other patients with cancer learn how to communicate effectively with their doctors. Topics include: what to tell your doctor about yourself; what doctors wish their patients knew; understanding (and remembering!) what the doctor says; and key questions to ask your doctor throughout the process, from before the diagnosis through all stages of treatment.
Source: Adapted with permission from Paice, 1990.
Importance of Controlling Cancer Pain
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