The experience of pain after cancer treatment may be ongoing, irregular or part of the recovery process. Usually when treatment finishes pain will subside, however many people report ongoing pain long after treatment has finished. Dealing with chronic pain can be a daily struggle impacting on the quality of life for cancer survivors. There are now many ways to treat pain and we discuss what you can do to work towards dealing with chronic pain.
Associate Professor David Smith
David is a Research Fellow and cancer epidemiologist at the Cancer Council NSW. He has a particular focus on prostate cancer, prostate cancer testing and prostate cancer outcomes in Australia. David works in the Health Services Research Program of the Cancer Research Division. He is chief investigator and project manager of the NSW Prostate Cancer Care and Outcomes Study (PCOS). This longitudinal study involving 2500 men examined quality of life after prostate cancer diagnosis along with PSA testing, coping styles, supportive care needs and the economics of prostate cancer management. In 2011 he obtained a National Health and Medical Research Council Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship to study the causes of death in men with prostate cancer. He is also currently chief investigator on two NHMRC project grants, one Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Grant and one partnership grant. A/Prof Smith has an adjuct position with Griffith University in QLD. See David’s CV and publications here. Read more about the PCOS Study here. David Smith can comment on: issues to do with prostate cancer research and treatment issues, particularly the side effects of treatment, men and cancer.
Phil had been operating his solo marketing and advertising consultancy for over ten years when diagnosed with colon cancer in October 2004. He endured a seven months precautionary chemotherapy treatment, which had debilitating effects on both his business as well as his obsession with fitness and sport. After years of perseverance and patience, he is now back playing singles tennis twice a week and taking 12km walks three to four times a week. He’s still working too. It was a long road, but his approach to pain management won in the end.