Pain Control

Some tests are quick and easy, some may produce anxiety and/or pain for your child.

Local anesthesia, numbing of the skin and tissues, can be given as a topical cream, patch, spray, or other device. For many children this is enough numbing medicine for a needle procedure.

Sedation will help your child relax or sleep through a procedure. It can be delivered at differenent levels, from a feeling of calm to general anesthesia, depending on your child’s condition and the procedure.

* Children’s Oncology Group Family Handbook for Children with Cancer, Second Edition

Where are they done?

• Minor procedures are done in the surgical service area on the 3rd floor of the South Tower.
• This includes procedures such as Bone Marrow Aspirate/Biopsy and/or Lumbar Punctures that need a specific type of sedation.
• A transport team member and/or your child’s nurse will accompany you and your child to Pre-Op.
• Parents can stay with their child until the child is taken into the sterile area for the procedure. There is a waiting room for parents to stay until the procedure is done.
• The child will return to Pre-Op or the PACU area until they are awake and feeling well enough to return to their room.
• The minor procedure nurse will come get you at this time and bring you to be with your child.
• A transport team member and/or your child’s nurse will accompany you and your child to back to your room.

Who does the procedures?

One of your child’s oncology doctors or providers (NP or PA) will be the one to perform the procedure. There will be another physician specialist who will administer the sedation medications. Specially trained chemotherapy nurses and providers will always be the one to administer chemo when needed during the procedure. Child life is on staff to help your child with the procedure.