Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Team approach to pain management

At VCU Massey Cancer Center “we take a look at all the different options we can offer the patient for pain and symptom management,” said pain management expert Patrick Coyne, M.S.N., APRN, FAAN, clinical director of the Thomas Palliative Care Program at Massey.

"With cancer, managing pain can be a constant process as we work to establish a regimen that makes the patient comfortable," Coyne explains. Patients are under the care of a multidisciplinary team of professionals who provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan. These specialists include medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, psychiatrists, anesthesiologists and others. This advanced and coordinated care is accompanied by close communications with the patient’s primary physician.

Said Coyne, “Our goal is to help patients maximize their quality of life through aggressive pain and symptom control. We are also here to help patients and families navigate through some of the complex issues associated with living with advanced disease.”