Reducing Pain for Cancer Survivors

By University of South Australia

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**UPDATE** Thank you to everyone who has supported this project so far! If we reach $10k, we will be able to determine the most important education messages to help cancer survivors reduce pain after cancer.

Cancer is painful. Cancer therapy is painful.

And surviving cancer is often painful too.

In fact, it is estimated that even when cancer has been effectively treated, a staggering 40% of survivors will continue to experience moderate or severe persisting pain.

Persisting pain decreases quality of life, impacts relationships, reduces the likelihood of returning to work, doing normal or meaningful activities, and increases the risk of depression and social exclusion.

This is something I believe we can change. As a Pain Scientist, with over 20 years of experience internationally, I (Professor Lorimer Moseley) am taking what we know about pain, the body and mind, and collaborating with Professor Ian Olver the Director of UniSA’s Cancer Research Institute, to develop a new intervention aimed at reducing pain for cancer survivors and increasing their quality of life.

Once complete, the new online tool will be made freely available to all cancer survivors.

Experiencing persisting pain is debilitating.

Living through cancer is undoubtedly life-changing and takes a huge toll on our body and mind. For those fortunate to survive cancer, persisting pain is often unfairly labelled as an ‘unfortunate side-effect’. Current treatments using pain-killers are not very effective long-term for most people.

Persisting pain after cancer is a major issue for survivors. Critically, this is something we can change.

We all know what pain feels like. Pain is the feeling we get when our brain is trying to make us protect part of our body. This is what makes pain so precious. Sometimes, we feel pain even when our body has repaired or is no longer in danger. Our brain is overestimating our need for protection.

With 60 years’ combined scientific experience, Ian and I will develop a new online tool for cancer survivors.

Throughout my career I have been part of an exciting journey of discovery towards a completely new understanding of pain and of effective, risk and side-effect-free strategies that people suffering from pain can use to reduce their pain significantly. I am drawing upon my 20 years’ experience in pain research and pain management and applying these evidence-based strategies to help cancer survivors.

Together with Ian’s vast experience as a medical oncologist, survivorship specialist and cancer researcher, we will work with post-cancer pain sufferers and digital content creators to develop an online multimedia educational tool that teaches people about the new understanding of pain and how to manage it after cancer treatment.

But in order to make this concept a reality, we need your help.

We are seeking $30,000 to launch Phase 1 of the project to develop a prototype that incorporates the latest in pain science and the latest in cancer research, and critically, addresses the main questions faced by cancer survivors suffering from persisting pain.

However, this will only get us through the first phase of the online tool development - a draft version that will need further investment.

In Phase 2 of the project we will test the tool with cancer survivors and fine tune it in order to develop a final product that can be easily translated, easily viewed and shared online and via social media, and freely available to everyone.

When you give today, this is how you are helping. Every:

  • $50 will pay for 5 seconds of video material suitable for a smart phone and desktop
  • $500 will fund a focus group to fine tune the material and test-run it with cancer survivors before putting it to video.

We know this will make a difference.

Together, we can make a massive impact on the lives of up to 1 in 3 cancer survivors.

Your dollar will go further! The University of South Australia has committed to boosting all funds raised by an extra 20% - but only if we reach our target. So please get behind this campaign and share with your friends.

The University of South Australia is a deductable gift recipient. All donations over $2 are tax deductable depending on your personal circumstances.

Who are we?

This project is a collaboration between Professor Lorimer Moseley, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, an internationally recognised pain scientist, educator and author, and Professor Ian Olver, Director of the Cancer Research Institute, University of South Australia. They will lead an international research group including Dr Lauren Heathcote from Stanford University.

The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute

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