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It is possible to manage pain effectively in most people with cancer or with a history of cancer. Although cancer-related pain 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 in telling their 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.

The Forest Awakens - Guided Imagery for Stress Relief

Escape the stress while listening to relaxing sounds of the forest.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

A short whole body progressive muscle relaxation. Try it before work, when you need to relax, or before you are heading off to sleep.

Chair Yoga

Follow along with Jean, a survivor of colorectal cancer, as she guides you in a chair yoga session.

Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care that helps patients facing serious illnesses and their families by adding an extra layer of support.

Palliative care teams can help with symptoms and the stress of living with a serious illness. Recent research studies showed that integrating palliative care early in the disease course improves outcomes for controlling pain, providing support for the mental and emotional effects of an illness and overall better quality of life. This extra layer of support can be provided in combination with curative and/or restorative treatments.

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