Your first steps to a pain-free life
Although cancer-related pain and stress cannot always be relieved completely, therapy can lessen pain for nearly all people with cancer. Effective management of pain and other symptoms improves quality of life throughout all stages of the disease.
No one should hesitate to tell doctors or nurses if they are feeling pain. In fact, pain can interfere with the effectiveness of cancer treatment, so it is very important that members of a care team know about any pain that their patients may be experiencing.
Focused psychological care is an important part of effective pain management. Short-term psychotherapy, structured support, and cognitive-behavioral therapy can help people develop useful coping skills. These approaches can further enhance the effectiveness of other treatments.
Finding ways to reduce stress
Patients may reduce stress by practicing mindfulness, engaging in physical activity, prioritizing sleep, seeking social support, and consulting a mental health professional. The videos below may also help.
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