Pain Management Team
The aim of The Royal Marsden’s Pain Management Team is to address any pain problems a patient may have while attending the hospital as an inpatient or outpatient.
Pain management services
Following surgery, a patients’ pain is actively monitored and treated by the Pain Management Team in conjunction with ward staff. Analgesic treatments offered include oral medications, injections, epidurals and patient-controlled analgesia machines. Patients having radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy may also be seen by the acute pain team for the management of treatment-related acute pain.
Patients with long-standing pain problems may receive treatment as an outpatient. The main treatment modalities include oral analgesics, links with psychological medicine and physiotherapy, interventional therapies (such as nerve blocks), complementary treatments such as massage, and stimulation-induced analgesia such as acupuncture and TENS.
Research and audit
The team conducts research into the prevalence and treatment of pain in cancer patients.
The Pain Management Team consists of doctors, nurses and other staff dedicated to the control of pain in patients attending the hospital.
- Dr John E Williams, Head of Pain Services
- Dr Jacqueline Filshie
- Dr Paul Farquhar-Smith
- Dr Olivia Mingo
- Suzanne Chapman
- Laura Dopson