The ASCENT program aims to help rural and Latinx patients manage their cancer-associated pain. This blog is an educational resource for patients and their families to learn more about different pain management techniques. Many of these techniques will be discussed in conversations with ASCENT team members, but we encourage patients to explore the resources on this page to maximize the pain relief gained from participation in this study.

Conversation Guide

Figures in this Conversation Guide were developed to help you and your ASCENT team discuss key topics during the Introductory Session. Reading through the guide before the session will help you to become familiar with the topics. Each figure summarizes the main points about a specific topic.


Tools for monitoring

Cancer Symptom and Function Log
This piece explains why it is important to keep track of your symptoms and includes a log for you to record your symptoms and what helps them or makes them worse.


Tools to manage pain

Relief From Cancer Pain
This piece explains what might be causing your cancer pain and describes the numerous options that may be available to help you treat your cancer pain. It also provides examples of information you can write down prior to discussing your pain with your doctor, so she or he can best help you manage your cancer pain.


Tools for coping

Cognitive Coping Skills - Changing Your Thoughts About Chronic Pain and Illness
This piece explains how your thoughts, negative or positive, can impact your physical and mental health and how to adopt positive thinking patterns to improve your approach to life’s challenges. It includes several examples of things you might to do practice positive thinking.


Tools for daily movement

My Road to Better Health - Move Daily
This piece explains how exercise can help you improve your physical and mental health. It also provides tips for getting started on an exercise plan and suggestions for sticking to your plan.


IT Resources

ASCENT Wifi Guide

A guide to finding computers and internet access in your area (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona and Florida).

A social care network that allows you to search and connect to financial, food security, or medical support in your local area.