Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain

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Emotional support and counseling

If you feel anxious or depressed, your pain may feel worse. Pain also can make you feel worried, depressed, or easily discouraged. Some people feel hopeless or helpless. Others may feel embarrassed, inadequate, angry, frightened, lonely, or frantic. These are all normal feelings.

Finding support

Try to talk about your feelings with someone you feel comfortable with – doctors, nurses, social workers, family or friends, a member of the clergy, or other people with cancer. You may also wish to talk to a counselor or a mental health professional. Your doctor, nurse, or the social services department at your local hospital can help you find a counselor who is specially trained to help people with chronic illnesses.

You may want to try a support group where people with cancer meet and share their feelings about how they are coping with cancer pain. Support groups can be face-to-face meetings, or you can meet in a group online. For information about support groups in your community and online, ask your doctor, nurse, or hospital social worker or call us at 1-800-227-2345. Also, many newspapers carry a special health supplement with information about where to find local support groups.


Last Medical Review: 06/10/2014
Last Revised: 06/10/2014