Stopping Treatment For Cancer

Care after treatment for the breast cancer ends:  At some point you may decide to stop treatments for the cancer.  This can happen when treatment stops showing any benefit or when it greatly affects quality of life.  Once treatment for the cancer has stopped, reducing any cancer-related symptoms (called

Non-Drug Cancer Therapies For Pain

Complementary and integrative therapies (non-drug therapies) for pain  There are many non-drug therapies you may choose to use along with pain medications.  These include:  acupuncture, hot and cold therapy, guided imagery, massage therapy, nutrition, physical therapy, relaxation techniques, yoga.   Source:  Susan G. Komen  2019 GO BACK

Metastatic Breast Cancer How a Pain Medication is given (PICC)

Port-a-cath or a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)  Medications can be given into the vein through a port-a-cath or a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC).  These have a portable pump that delivers the medication.  Some people get the medication continuously.  Others can push a button to release an

Metastatic Breast Cancer How Pain Medications Are Given

There are many ways to take opioid and non-opioid pain medications.   Most are pills taken by mouth.  For people who have trouble swallowing pills, some medications are available in liquid form or a special tablet or strip that dissolves inside the cheek.  A few pain relievers can be

Metastatic Breast Cancer Other Medications Used to Treat Pain

Antidepressants (examples: Amitriptyline (Elavil)  Pain relief benefit: Can relieve some neuropathic pain   Anticonvulsants (Examples: Gabapentin (Neurontin) Pregabalin (Lyrica) Pain relief benefit: Can relieve some neuropathic pain  Steroids (Examples: Dexamethasone (Decadron) Pain relief benefit:  Can relieve nerve swelling and bone pain  Local anesthetics (Examples: Lidoderm patch (Lidocaine patch) Pain

Metastatic Breast Cancer Other Pain Medications

Many drugs work with pain medications to reduce pain related to metastatic breast cancer.  They include antidepressants, anticonvulsants, steroids and local anesthetics.  These drugs are only available by prescription.  Before taking any of these medications, it's important to discuss their potential side effects with your health care provider.

Pain Management With Opioids Fear of Addiction

Health care providers are careful to monitor the amount of opioids they prescribe so you don't take too much.  Many providers will fill out a written opioid agreement with you if you are taking opioid medications regularly.  If you abruptly stop taking an opioid medication or the dosage