Cancer pain professionals
Different health professionals work together to help manage your pain. Some of these professionals are listed below.
They will often discuss treatment options at a multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting. If your pain is not well controlled, you may want to ask your GP or palliative care specialist for a referral to a pain medicine specialist who is experienced in cancer pain and part of a multidisciplinary pain clinic.
|general practitioner (GP)||assists with treatment decisions; provides ongoing care in partnership with specialists|
|surgeon||surgically removes tumours from the body|
|radiation oncologist||treats cancer by prescribing and overseeing a course of radiation therapy|
|treats cancer with drug therapies such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy (systemic treatment)|
|palliative care specialist||treats pain and other symptoms to maximise wellbeing and improve quality of life|
|pain medicine specialist||treats all types of pain, particularly acute pain during active treatment, ongoing pain after treatment, or pain that is difficult to control|
|nurse||administers drugs and provides care, information and support|
|nurse practitioner||works in an advanced nursing role; may prescribe some medicines and tests|
|pharmacist||dispenses medicines and gives advice about dosage and side effects|
|physiotherapist||helps with restoring movement and mobility, and preventing further injury|
|helps you identify the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that affect your pain; provides psychological methods of pain management|
|counsellor, social worker||help you with emotional, practical or financial issues|
Dr Melanie Lovell, Clinical Ass Prof, Medicine, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, and Palliative Medicine Consultant Physician, Greenwich Hospital, NSW; Nathaniel Alexander, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW, NSW; Anne Booms, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Canberra Hospital, ACT; Dr Roger Goucke, Consultant, Department of Pain Management, Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and Clinical Ass Prof, School of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Western Australia, WA; John Marane, Consumer; and Dr Jane Trinca, Director, Barbara Walker Centre for Pain Management, St Vincent’s Hospital, VIC.
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