Managing your Cancer Pain

Almost half of the cancer patients endure pain, that appear in several ways. It can be acute or chronic, mild to severe, or even influence some organs and bones. As your pain is distinctive we at The Pain Management Institute devised a plan for cancer pain management to address your individual needs

Causes of Cancer Pain

Pain arising from the tumor;

Most of the cancer pain is felt when a tumor pressurizes the bones, surrounding nerves and organs. The pain may vary according to the position of the tumor. For instance a small tumor near a nerve or the spinal cord can cause excruciating pain as compared to a large tumor anywhere else

Pain arises from the treatment;

Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and surgery cause pain. Also similar painful conditions are more likely to occur in patients with subdued immune system, which is often one of the severe consequences of these therapies

Post surgical pain

Alleviating pain after a surgery helps people recover more quickly and heal more effectively

Managing Cancer Pain

Cancer pain is curable. About 9 out of 10 patients find cancer pain relief by going through a combination of medicines. Several medications are used for cancer pain management. Some drugs are simply pain relievers, while others aim for specific types of pain and require a prescription

Mild to moderate pain

Non Opioids, such as non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin and ibuprofen and other over the counter pills

Moderate to severe pain

In certain pain conditions Opioids are often recommended

Tingling & burning pain

Antidepressant and tranquilizers are recommended. Taking an antidepressant does not mean that you are depressed or have a mental sickness

Pain caused by swelling

Steroids may provide relief, however, it may last up to a few months

How Pain Medicine Is Taken

The major quantity of pain medications is taken orally either in pills or liquid form. Since oralĀ  medications are easy to take and often cost less than other sort of medications. Other methods for delivering pain medicines involve the use of;

  • Rectal suppositories
  • Transdermal patches
  • Injections
  • Medicine is placed just under the skin using a small needle
  • Injections are placed more deeply into the skin or muscle; prohibited for long-term cancer pain treatment
  • Intravenous
  • Epidural or intrathecal

When Medicine Is not successful

You may experience pain that does not respond to medicines, if you are one of the sufferer of the same condition, think about these methods to relieve pain

  • Radiation therapy
  • Nerve blocks/implanted pump
  • Neurosurgery
  • Surgery