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Side Effects and Pain Management

Side Effects and Pain Management

Our medical oncologists work with each patient to treat and manage the side effects of cancer treatment, such as anemia, fatigue, nausea and low blood cell counts, and reduce any discomfort or pain.

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Our medical oncologists work with each patient to treat and manage the side effects of cancer treatment, such as anemia, fatigue, nausea and low blood cell counts. Our oncologists also work to reduce the discomfort or pain resulting from the cancer or treatment.

Treatments for side effects may include medications, blood transfusions, medical nutrition therapy or adjustments to your treatment schedule.

Medications

A variety of medications are available to help manage the side effects of cancer treatment, including pain generated from the cancer itself.

Blood Counts

Cancer treatment can often compromise a patient’s blood count by either killing off, damaging or reducing the body’s production of healthy red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets. Before each chemotherapy treatment, a complete blood count (CBC) will be done to measure the concentration of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets in your blood. If your blood count is too low, a blood transfusion may be necessary to replace lost or damaged blood cells or chemotherapy may be delayed until the CBC recovers to a safe level.

Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is caused when the flow of lymph through the lymph nodes is impeded. This can result in the accumulation of fluids and the swelling of a body part, most often an extremity, in such proportions to be palpable and visible. Cancer or cancer treatment, such as a tumor pressing on the lymph nodes or the removal of lymph nodes, can cause lymphedema.

Patients with lymphedema are referred to CVMC Rehabilitation Services, which offers a comprehensive Lymphedema Treatment Program.

Learn more about our Lymphedema Treatment Program.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Weight loss, changes in appetite, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, fatigue and other side effects of cancer treatment can prevent a patient from getting the nutrition they need to maintain their health during cancer treatment. CVMC has certified Medical Nutrition Therapists who can help patients maintain a healthy weight and proper nutrition during treatment.

Learn more about our Nutrition services.

Emotional Support

Our Social Worker can provide support and strategies tailored to your individual situation that can help you manage your feelings, stress and pain.

Learn more about our Patient Support Services.