• breast cancer that has spread to the bones

    Asked by Cordy33 on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    breast cancer that has spread to the bones

    How does one with bone cancer cope with the pain? I was newly diagnosed but I think it has been coming on for a while.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Here is a fairly detailed plan for managing pain due to bone metastasis.


      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      What a great question, and one with an answer that might suprise you. I am an oncology nurse and I have worked in pain management. By now you might be noticing that opioids are not as effective for bone pain related to cancer. There are drugs out there specifically for cancer related bone pain like biphosphonates (i.e., Zometa). However, the one drug proven to be most effective is an NSAID, like Advil or Tylenol. In palliative care we prescribe many patients Motrin 800mg to relieve the pain because they reduce the swelling within the bone and surrounding tissues. You might ask your oncologist if you can compliment a reduced dosage of an opioid with ibuprofen to see if it helps you; always consult your oncologist before you try anything new. Best of luck to you and I hope this helps you, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cmurphy's Avatar

      My husband has metastatic disease to his bones and has been on Zometa to strengthen them. He has had monthly infusions for over one year. It does not take long and doesn't seem to cause side effects. He has also had radiation twice to spinal tumors which were causing pain and pain was much reduced after each radiation treatment.

      over 4 years ago
    • Michelleharmon's Avatar

      My doctor put me on methadone and liquid morphine. They help keep the pain in check with minimal sedation for me.

      over 4 years ago

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