- What do I need to know about pain control?
- Facts about cancer pain treatment
- What causes pain in people with cancer?
- Treating cancer pain
- Developing a plan for pain control
- Keep a record of your pain.
- Types of pain
- What if I need a different pain medicine?
- Medicines used to relieve pain
- Common questions about taking pain medicines
- Non-opioid pain medicines
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Opioid pain medicines
- Other types of pain medicine
- Other medical methods to relieve pain
- Non-medical treatments for pain
- Skin stimulation
- Emotional support and counseling
- Research on pain control methods
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
We have selected some related information that may also be helpful to you. These materials may be read on our website or ordered from our toll-free number at 1-800-227-2345.
Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)
Bone Metastasis (also in Spanish)
Advanced Cancer (also in Spanish)
We also have more detailed information on most of the drugs and methods discussed in this document. Please call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org to learn more.
National organizations and websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, there are many other sources of information about cancer and pain, including those listed here.
American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
Offers free general pain information and the “Find a Physician” tool to help find pain specialists by city and state.
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
Provides accurate, up-to-date information on cancer to patients, their families, and the general public. Information specialists translate the latest scientific information into understandable language and respond in English, Spanish, or on TTY equipment. Also can help people find nearby clinical trials.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Toll-free number: 1-888-644-6226
Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NCCAM facilitates research and evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) healing practices and shares this information with the public. Also lists CAM-related clinical trials.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 08/29/2013
Last Revised: 08/29/2013