Pain during Cancer Therapy
- Tests and procedures: eye drops, bone marrow aspirations, lumbar punctures, insertion of IVs. Even finger pricks and port flushes can be perceived as painful, especially when children are stressed.
By developing a pain management strategy with your child, or for your child if they are too young to actively participate, you will be able to track what is working, and prepare yourself and your child for each pain experience.
This will help decrease overall stress related to procedures, and in turn increase sleep, boots wellbeing and accelerate your child’s healing.
There are 2 ways to manage pain: pharmacological medication and non-pharmacological strategies. You, your child and your care team need to work together to find the best combination of methods for your child.