Colorado Pain Care Welcomes Cancer Pain Specialist Dr. Lauren McLaughlin
It is our great pleasure to introduce Lauren McLaughlin, D.O. to our patients at Colorado Pain Care (CPC). Dr. McLaughlin is an anesthesiologist who completed her fellowship in interventional chronic pain at the University of Colorado in Denver.
Cancer Pain Specialist Serves Commonly Undertreated Patients
“It’s rare to find doctors who specialize in treating cancer patient pain. We are excited to have Dr. McLaughlin join our practice,” said Colorado Pain Care CEO, Dr. Moghim. “She is dedicated to the individual and compassionate care of these patients whose pain is often undertreated.”
Bringing Dr. McLaughlin’s expertise in treating cancer pain to our team of experts, advances our mission of bringing H.O.P.E., Honest, Objective, Personalized and Empathetic treatment to our patients.
Compassionate Cancer Pain Care
“Caring for cancer patients and appreciating the courage and fortitude these patients and their families demonstrated helped me to focus on my practice in these special circumstances,” said Dr. McLaughin. These experiences, along with the guidance of dedicated mentors, drew her to Colorado Pain Care’s mission.
For Dr. McLaughlin, practicing medicine is a calling. The daughter of an oncologist, Dr. McLaughlin recalls visiting the hospital with her father and admiring his work. As a youngster, she saw firsthand the importance of addressing cancer patients concerns directly and compassionately.
Cancer Patients and Pain Management
“One of the first questions many patients have following a cancer diagnosis is whether they will experience pain,” said Dr. McLaughlin. These patients often benefit from consulting a pain specialist early to manage symptoms or treatment side effects, she added.
“Pain associated with the diagnosis of cancer is particularly stressful for patients,” said Dr. McLaughlin. “I feel it is very important that we accept the patient’s description of their pain, fatigue and distress as the immediate focus of the care we plan to deliver.”
Treatment Options at Colorado Pain Care
Dr. McLaughin noted that interventional treatment options –– from medication management and minimally invasive procedures, to physical and cognitive behavior therapies –– may reduce or eliminate the need to take oral medication. This relief of pain symptoms is welcome information to cancer patients who may be experiencing nausea, fatigue, fogginess or reduced energy from pain medications.
Medical Training, Honors and Service
During her residency at the University of Colorado, Dr. McLaughlin received the Gold Humanism award. She said this honor was multiplied by her thoughts of the many of clinicians, nurses and pharmacists whose unseen efforts to care for those in need is deserving of such an award.
In her free time, Dr. McLaughlin volunteers with cancer awareness campaigns and fundraisers. An avid trail runner, mountain biker and skier, her passion for helping adaptive sports athletes is fueled by her experience as a ski instructor for disabled children and adults at Whistler Blackcomb.
Dr. McLaughlin earned her medical degree from in 2013 from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Centennial, Colorado. In 2014, she completed her medical internship at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver Colorado. She obtained her anesthesiology residency at the University of Colorado in Denver, followed by an interventional pain fellowship in 2018.