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Fungal endocarditis in a patient with acute leukaemia treated by valve replacement.

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FS19 Pain Management Facts I page 1 Revised May 2013 Introduction No matter when you have pain over the course of your disease, it is important to remember that all pain can be treated and most pain can be controlled or relieved. For people with blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms) pain can be related to the cancer itself, to the treatment of cancer, or both. Pain can also be caused by problems unrelated to cancer. Pain can come and go, or be constant. It can be mild or severe. Each person’s pain is unique and may change over time. You should never accept pain as a normal part of having cancer. If you (or someone you love) is in pain, tell your healthcare provider right away. Treating pain as soon as it begins or stopping pain before it starts is very important. Once pain becomes severe, it can be difficult to treat. Effects of Pain Pain can have a negative impact on many parts of your life. In addition to causing suffering, pain can l Limit your ability to function (sleep, work, exercise, or perform daily tasks such as taking a shower or doing light housework) l Reduce or increase your appetite l Reduce intimacy with your partner l Slow your recovery from an illness or surgery l Interfere with your body’s ability to fight infection l Alter your mood. Pain can also impact how you feel. When you’re in pain, it is easy to feel sad, frustrated, anxious, angry or depressed. Together, pain and depression can create a cycle in which pain worsens symptoms of depression, and then the depression worsens feelings of pain. Tell your healthcare provider if you feel depressed. Pain is not always a part of having cancer, but when it is, there are many treatments available to help manage cancer pain. When pain is under control, you l Are able to function l Enjoy time with family and friends l Sleep l May have more of an appetite l Enjoy intimacy with your partner. Pain Management Fac

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