MDS is a bone marrow failure disorder

Many patients and survivors experience pain during and after cancer treatment. It may help to know that cancer pain can be treated successfully for most patients. But it is important to focus on managing pain during all phases of cancer treatment and into survivorship.

Things you can do:

  1. Keep a log of symptoms that you are concerned about. These can be tracked in the MDS Manager Symptom Tracker.  Discuss these with your health care team.
  2. Keep all your appointments as scheduled.
  3. If you are experiencing severe pain contact your health care providers immediately. You may need medication, changes in your medications, or other treatments.
  4. If you are experiencing chest pain, contact emergency services (911) immediately.
  5. If you are taking pain medication, make sure you are also following a bowel regimen to avoid constipation.
  6. There are several other strategies for managing pain including acupuncture, biofeedback, breathing exercises and meditation, massage, and physical therapy. Discussed options for managing her pain with your health care team.

Additional resources:

MDS Foundation:  pain

ASCO Managing Cancer-related Pain: A Guides for Patients, Families and Caregivers

American Cancer Society:  Facts About Cancer Pain

Cancer Care: Pain

Oncolink: Pain

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