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Cancer Pain

Cancer is, sadly, a common source of pain and with the Three Counties Cancer Centre situated in Cheltenham, a substantial number of the patients we see have cancer pain.  We work very closely with our colleagues in the Palliative Care Team and at the Sue Ryder Hospice in Cheltenham in looking after people with cancer pain.  

This part of our site will shortly be being expanded, but in the mean time these links may be helpful to you:


The British Pain Society have produced a book called Managing cancer pain - information for patients (2010), which is a perspective from the British Pain Society, supported by the Association for Palliative Medicine and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

You can download a copy of the 2010 document, free of charge, by clicking this link or the image below.

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network have produced very detailed guidelines for professionals on management of cancer pain, and as part of this have produced a guidance and information booklet for patients which can be accessed here.

While written primarily for health professionals, the Cancer Pain book published by the British Pain Society has very useful detail. (we have to confess some bias in this since Dr de Courcy and Dr Young wrote some of it!)

 Cancer Research UK has a good summary page with a number of links.  In addition, there is useful information on the Macmillan Cancer Support website.

 The Pain Relief Foundation in Liverpool have produced an information sheet on cancer pain.

Amongst the treatments for cancer pain, sometimes interventional procedures and injections can be of use.  A brief article written by our team may be useful, and in addition this range of procedures is discussed in considerably greater detail in an article written by Dr de Courcy which can be accessed via this link.






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Pain Service Website, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Webmaster Dr J G de Courcy, Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia
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Page updated 15/02/2016