Uterine Cancer Pain
For women with uterine cancer, pain can be caused by the tumor pressing against nerves and other organs near the uterus. Unfortunately, pain may also be caused by treatment for the disease. A doctor or a specialist can relieve or reduce pain in several ways, including pain medicine, radiation, and a nerve block.
An Overview of Pain Treatment for Uterine Cancer
Most cases of uterine cancer occur in the lining (endometrium) of the uterus. This article uses the term "uterine cancer" to refer to this type of cancer, also known as endometrial cancer. This article does not discuss a rare type of uterine cancer that can occur in the muscles or other tissues that support the uterus. Click Uterine Sarcoma for more information on this topic.
Women with uterine cancer may experience pain as a result of their illness. Pain can be caused by a tumor that is pressing against nerves and other organs near the uterus, or pain may be caused by uterine cancer treatment. The patient's doctor or a specialist in pain control can relieve or reduce a patient's pain in several ways, which include:
- Pain medicine -- Medicines can often relieve pain. Although these medicines may make people drowsy and constipated, resting and taking laxatives can help.
- Radiation -- High-energy rays can help relieve pain with uterine cancer by shrinking the tumor. Radiation therapy can be given with or without hormone therapy.
- Nerve block -- The doctor may inject alcohol into the area around certain nerves around the uterus to block the pain. This procedure is called nerve block.
Alternative Treatments for Uterine Cancer Pain
Examples of alternative treatments that may be used for uterine cancer pain include:
Patients may also learn to relieve pain through relaxation techniques, such as listening to slow music or breathing slowly and comfortably.
(Click Uterine Cancer Alternative Treatment for more information.)