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Pain question

16 Apr 2018 11:05

I have noticed here when someone has pain due to cancer they are given radiology? Maybe I misunderstood?  I have never heard of it being given as pain reducer here where I live. 

 Usually it is pain meds that are given such as morphine.  Is radiology really affective?  How does that work?  Doctors are always asking my husband if he's in pain. He may not be.  But he also has a high tolerance to pain and never been one to complain.I would like to be prepared if he did end up in pain. 


Re: Pain question

18 Apr 2018 16:32 in response to Nanaof8

Hello Nanaof8,

Thanks for posting.

You asked about radiology. I think that you are referring to radiotherapy. This is often referred to as radiation treatment outside of the UK.

This treatment does have a role in reducing pain in some clinical situations. It is used for example, when cancer has spread to the bones and is causing pain.

Sometimes, it is used to shrink a tumour which might help if the tumour is pressing on nearby nerves. It is not suitable for all patients, and individual patients are assessed carefully as to how it may benefit them.

We have information about this here,

I hope that this reply is helpful.

Best wishes


Re: Pain question

19 Apr 2018 10:50 in response to CRUK Nurse Vanda

Thank you for replying to my post.  Yes very helpful.  I want to very prepared for my husband. 

Have a great weekend.