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Easing Cancer Pain in People With a History of Addiction

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Easing Cancer Pain in People With a History of Addiction

May 10, 2024

Dr. Natalie Moryl discusses how she works to control pain in people with a history of addiction.

Pain is a common side effect of breast cancer. The cancer itself may cause pain and nearly all breast cancer treatments may cause some type of pain. If breast cancer is metastatic – meaning it’s spread to parts of the body away from the breast, such as the bones or liver – it may cause pain in those areas.

There are many medicines that can ease cancer pain. Opioids are narcotic drugs that are commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain caused by breast cancer or its treatments. While effective, opioids can be habit-forming, which can be a problem for people with a history of addiction.

Listen to the episodes to hear Dr. Moryl discuss:

  • the difference between chronic and acute pain
  • the difference between withdrawal symptoms and addiction
  • pain control options for people with a history of substance abuse disorder

Listen now or read the transcript.