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Breast Pain

Follow three case studies that cover pain with breastfeeding, mastitis, and postmastectomy pain syndrome along with other breast pain topics.

Joan: Pain Policy Analysis and Advocacy

Joan is a breast cancer survivor turned patient advocate. Learn about policy and advocacy through her journey following a double mastectomy and subsequent surgeries.

Mary: Pain in a Patient with Metastatic Cancer

Mary is a 74 year old woman with a history of breast cancer metastatic to the ribs, hypertension, and osteoarthritis. She complains of newly developed right-sided hip pain.

Mr. Gateway: Acute and Chronic Head Pain

Mr. Gateway is a 52-year-old male smoker with a history of substance abuse with recurrent laryngeal cancer who presents with increased throat and neck pain, dysphagia (pain with swallowing), and dehydration.

Mrs. Jackson: The Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain in a Cancer Survivor

Ms. Jackson is a 38-year-old, African American nurse who completed treatment for triple negative breast cancer 5 months ago. She opted for bilateral mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy. The patient is frustrated that she still experiences pain, states “it’s ruining my life."

Wendy Jones: Case of Advanced Cancer - Introduction to Primary Palliative Care Skills

Wendy Jones is a 67-year-old woman with terminal cervical cancer who just underwent a colostomy due to bowel obstruction from tumor growth. She continues to complain of significant pain despite large doses of Percocet (7 tabs/day or 100 tablets every two weeks).