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Alternative Treatments
There are a variety of alternative treatments that may be used for lung cancer pain, including:
 
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure.

 

Patients may also learn to relieve pain through relaxation techniques (such as listening to slow music or breathing slowly and comfortably).

 
(Click Alternative Lung Cancer Treatment for more information.)
 
Radiation
High-energy rays can help relieve pain associated with lung cancer by shrinking the tumor. Radiation therapy can be administered with or without surgery and/or chemotherapy.
 
Nerve Block
The doctor may inject alcohol into the area around certain nerves around the lung to block the pain. Such a procedure is known as a nerve block.
 

Final Thoughts

A person with lung cancer may experience pain. However, in most cases, this pain can be controlled using one or more of several different options, including medicines, alternative treatments, and (in rare cases) radiation or a nerve block.
 
Communication is vital for treating pain that results from lung cancer or its treatment. Your healthcare team will not know how much pain you are experiencing unless you tell them. You also need to tell your healthcare provider about the medicines or treatments which are working and the ones that are not. With your help, your doctor will try to determine why you have pain and the best way to treat it.
 
If you have any questions about pain in your particular situation, please ask your doctor, nurse, social worker, or pharmacist for more information.
 
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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