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Pediatric cancer centers offer many therapies for pain that don’t involve medication. These strategies focus on helping children and teens control their body and mind’s response to pain.
Pain can be a complicated condition to manage, and different approaches or combination of approaches may be attempted before an effective one is found. As appropriate, patients may be referred to specialists in child life, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology or nursing to learn pain management techniques. Chaplains or social workers may be consulted for spiritual or family support needs.
Some pain management techniques may be available at places other than the pediatric cancer center. However, patient families should consult their medical team before using other providers or attempting to apply methods on their own.
Commonly used techniques include:
The pain management team may also suggest keeping a pain journal to help determine the best ways to manage pain.
Reviewed: June 2018