Breast Cancer Pain

Alternative Treatments
Alternative treatments that may be used to manage the pain of breast cancer include:
  • 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 Breast Cancer Alternative Treatment for more information.)
High-energy rays can help relieve pain associated with breast cancer by shrinking the tumor. Radiation therapy can be administered with or without hormone therapy.
Nerve Block
The doctor may inject alcohol into the area around certain nerves around the breast to block the pain. This procedure is called nerve block.

Final Thoughts

A person with breast cancer may experience pain. However, in most cases, there are several different options for controlling this pain, including medicines, alternative treatments, and (in rare cases) radiation or a nerve block.
Communication is essential for treating pain related to breast cancer. Your doctor or nurse will not know how much pain you're experiencing unless you tell them. You also need to tell them which medicines or treatments are working and which ones are not. With your help, your doctor or nurse will try to determine why you are experiencing pain and the best way to treat it.
If you have any questions about your particular pain situation, please ask your doctor, nurse, social worker, or pharmacist for more information.
Alternative Therapies for Pain Management

Breast Cancer Treatments

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