Click image to download rack card“Pain associated with cancer can almost always be relieved, yet it is a problem in at least 60% of patients in active treatment. Cancer Related pain can devastate quality of life – affecting work, appetite, sleep and time with family and friends.” (ACS Cancer Action Network)

The Quality of Life Task Force of the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) conducted a survey in January of 2016 to determine current pain assessment and management practices in New Hampshire cancer care centers. The specific area of interest is to determine the scope of interventions currently offered to patients living with cancer pain for relief and prevention of pain. Surveys were emailed to all Cancer Care Centers yielding a response rate of 100 percent.

To complete our project, a rack card has been developed to provide education and awareness about evidence based non-pharmacological interventions and resources that staff can present to the patient to prevent and/or manage their pain.  Interventions listed on our card have been vetted by the American Cancer Society, Oncology Nursing Society, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. 

Major findings from the survey:

  • The majority of organizations (96%) responding to the survey report their pain assessment is a verbal rather than a written process.
  • 100% of organizations responding to the survey report referrals to evidence- based, non-pharmacological interventions to treat and/or prevent pain. *see below

This Task Force has just launched a new initiative in NH, based upon the Hospice Foundation of America’s efforts to increase public awareness on the importance of talking about end-of-life preferences and goals with loved one and medical professionals.  

For more information about the work of this Task Force, contact Janice McDermott, NH Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Executive Director and co-leader of the Quality of Life Task Group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or co-leader, Christine Howard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..