ANCHOR LEAD:CONTROLLING PAIN FROM CANCER IS USUALLY POSSIBLE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Parents witnessing their child’s death from cancer considered hastening the process when they saw their child in pain, a recent study in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found. But William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, says pain can largely be controlled.
NELSON: Some of the tools to control pain are obviously narcotic analgesics and they can make people kind of sleepy and a little bit out of it as you might say, but there are other tools that we can use to control pain generated by particular nerves and the like that don’t have that side effects of making people so sleepy. The technology is improving to do that and I think we are all very sensitive that we may not be adequately controlling pain in everyone who needs that kind of pain control so I think everyone has to be vigilant, to be aggressive in controlling discomfort if someone is not pursuing aggressive treatment for their cancer. :34
Nelson says parents are usually very good advocates for their children with cancer. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.