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Airing Pain 110: Living with Cancer Pain

Liv­ing with a diag­no­sis, what pal­lia­tive care entails, and non-phar­ma­co­log­i­cal treatments

This edi­tion is fund­ed by the Agnes Hunter Trust.

Accord­ing to Can­cer Research UK, 50% of all peo­ple in Eng­land and Wales diag­nosed with can­cer sur­vive their dis­ease for ten years or more. This edi­tion of Air­ing Pain looks at what pain man­age­ment entails for the oth­er 50%; those that live with ter­mi­nal cancer.

Kate Grafton, Lec­tur­er and Pro­fes­sion­al Lead for Phys­io­ther­a­py at Leeds Beck­ett Uni­ver­si­ty, speaks to Paul about her breast can­cer diag­no­sis, her expe­ri­ences with dif­fer­ent treat­ments, the psy­chol­o­gy of mind­ful­ness, and find­ing the right sup­port group.

Paul then heads to St Gemma’s teach­ing hos­pice at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leeds to speak to Pro­fes­sor of Pal­lia­tive Med­i­cine Mike Ben­nett who explains what pal­lia­tive care entails as well as the impor­tance of bal­anc­ing treat­ment and qual­i­ty of life.

Back at Leeds Beck­ett we hear from the Direc­tor of the Cen­tre for Pain Research Mark John­son, who has a par­tic­u­lar inter­est in non-phar­ma­co­log­i­cal treat­ments like TENS machines, acupunc­ture, and laser ther­a­py. Pro­fes­sor John­son talks Paul about the mech­a­nisms of these treat­ments and their var­i­ous lim­i­ta­tions and strengths.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Anal­ge­sia, can­cer, car­ers, chemother­a­py, drugs, edu­cat­ing health­care pro­fes­sion­als, elec­tro­phys­i­cal agents, bereave­ment, hos­pice, med­ica­tion, metas­tases, mind­ful­ness, opi­oid side effects, opi­oid treat­ment, pal­lia­tive care, radio­ther­a­py, sup­port group, TENS: tran­scu­ta­neous elec­tri­cal nerve stim­u­la­tion, ter­mi­nal can­cer and worry.


  • Pro­fes­sor Mike Ben­nett, St Gem­ma’s Pro­fes­sor of Pal­lia­tive Med­i­cine, Uni­ver­si­ty of Leeds
  • Pro­fes­sor Kate Grafton, Prin­ci­pal Lec­tur­er and Pro­fes­sion­al Lead for Phys­io­ther­a­py, Leeds Beck­ett University
  • Pro­fes­sor Mark John­son, Pro­fes­sor of Pain and Anal­ge­sia and Direc­tor of the Cen­tre for Pain Research, Leeds Beck­ett University.

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Thanky­ou for your sup­port , I need to research every­thing about my ill­ness , I suf­fer with fibromyal­gia, chron­ic pain and ibs, every­day is like climb­ing a moun­tain, I try so hard to keep fit eat healthy and I have lost 3 stone but my pain hasn’t change

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