Symptom and Pain Management

We want you to be comfortable during your stay. Our doctors and nurses will help manage your pain or discomfort. Nurses may ask you to describe and rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten.

Pain Scale

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Moderate Pain
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PCA

Surgical patients may use a pump-like device called a PCA, which stands for patient-controlled analgesic. By pushing a button, patients can give themselves pain medication when they need it. These devices have built-in safety features so patients cannot overdose.

The PCA should only be operated by patients, not by family members.

The Supportive Oncology and Survivorship Program helps patients manage pain and symptoms of cancer and its treatments. Talk to your nurse for more details.

Chemotherapy

If you receive chemotherapy during your stay, you may notice nurses wearing clothing such as gloves or goggles. This is for their protection because certain chemotherapy medications can pose a risk to people who work around them on a regular basis.