Pain is a common symptom in cancer patients it can be caused by cancer its treatments or a combination of factors although some pain lasts a relatively short time and will resolve on its own cancer or its treatments can also lead to long lasting chronic pain opioid medications are an . The doctor will prescribe drugs and the times they should be taken in order to best control your pain also it is important that patients and family caregivers know how to safely use store and dispose of opioids most patients with cancer pain will need to receive opioids on a regular schedule. Opioid morphine like drugs are commonly used to treat moderate or severe cancer pain and are recommended for this purpose in the world health organization who pain treatment ladder the most commonly used opioid drugs are buprenorphine codeine fentanyl hydrocodone hydromorphone methadone morphine oxycodone tramadol and tapentadol. Major cancer centers are examining their current protocols to develop new ways to manage pain with shorter courses of opioids or if appropriate with nonopioid approaches
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