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BY Devon Carter

Opioids are medications that can help manage pain caused by cancer and its treatment by blocking pain signals from injured nerves to the brain. They can help relieve aching, throbbing pain in the muscles (known as nociceptor pain), or numbness in the hands and feet known as neuropathy.

We spoke with Dhanalakshmi ("Lakshmi") Koyyalagunta, M.D., about what cancer patients should know about opioids and myths surrounding...

Bottles of opioids that may be prescribed to treat cancer pain

BY Maria Newhouse

I recently finished my last chemotherapy treatment at MD Anderson in Sugar Land. It was a milestone that, at one point, I honestly thought...

BY Katie Brooks

For 16 years, Rose Trapolino had a hard time walking because of the pain and tingling in her feet.

The breast cancer survivor suffered...

BY Estelle Racusin

After my double mastectomy in 2002, I vividly remember running on the beach and hearing some teenagers making fun of my child-like figure. Their remarks hurt deeply.

Even though I went on to have my breast reconstruction surgery 29 long months later, I remained sensitive about my body image. Still, I thought I could handle all my emotions.

Then, when I completed my treatments and my oncologist told me he’d see me again in...

Cancerwise blog post: Breast cancer survivor taps into MD Anderson's support for cancer patients

BY Katie Brooks

How do I download MD Anderson’s app? Which medical websites can I trust? Where can I find the latest research on my disease?

The information...

BY Devon Carter

As a cancer patient, your top priority is to survive, so you may not think about mentioning any pain associated with your disease or treatment...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Cancer treatment and its side effects can bring a lot of medications. But what should you do with unused or expired medications?

Whether...

BY Brian M. Bruel, M.D.

Some cancer patients believe that pain is simply a part of cancer treatment, but pain is usually very treatable.

About one-third...

BY Mary Brolley

Dara Insley is a pain warrior.

Treatment for breast cancer in 2009 and 2010 involved two extensive and delicate surgeries -- one...

BY MD Anderson

A growing incidence of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), mostly in older adults, has sent researchers and clinicians scrambling for answers...