Dr. Attai on Managing Pain in Breast Cancer Patients

March 16, 2015
Deanna J. Attai, MD

Deanna J. Attai, MD, breast surgeon, assistant clinical professor of surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, gives advice to nurses on how to manage pain in breast cancer patients.

Deanna J. Attai, MD, breast surgeon, assistant clinical professor of surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, gives advice to nurses on how to manage pain in breast cancer patients.

Attai says nurses should meet with the patients before surgery to get a sense of what their concerns are about post-operative pain and their previous experiences with pain. This information can then be used to create a program for the patient.

After surgery, Attai says, it is important for both physicians and nurses to encourage the patients to communicate their level of pain. While pain is common after surgery, certain types of pain can be more easily managed.