Patients suffering from cancer in its advance stage often complain about pain as their primary problem. With progress in treatments of cancer, the treatments have manage to prolong the chances of survival in cancer patient, still cancer pain still exists in cancer patients.
Well, many patients who die because of cancer die without enough pain relief. There are advanced tools available to relieve pain like taking strong opiates, but many medical practitioners are concerned about patients getting addicted to narcotics in order to treat pain. Again other than treatment of pain through narcotics some other attitudinal and cultural barriers, lack of knowledge in health professionals also contribute to cancer pain being untreated.
Cancer pain is often classified depending upon the quality and duration of pain. Duration of pain can be categorized as acute cancer pain or chronic cancer pain. Experiencing depression, anxiety, apprehension is quite common among cancer patients. The common types of cancer pain are as below
Acute cancer pain
Chronic cancer pain
Pain not related to cancer
Pain in cancer patients who are opiod tolerant
Extremity of life pain
After evaluating both physical and medical history, any pain physician can customize suitable program for pain treatment. As the response to related therapies and medications in every person differs, there are different types of drugs used along with pain relievers. They include antidepressants, anticonvulsants and anti-inflammatory (steroids)
Doctor can prescribe some antidepressants to relieve particular types of pain, which doesn’t mean that the individual is under depression. Similarly steroids help relieving pain related to inflammation.
Therapies available these days help control cancer pain. Pain treatments are available in wider range like from mild and nonprescription pain to prescription medications, which are stronger to neurological study to therapies (alternative) like biofeedback, relaxation, acupuncture and guided imagery.
Pain specialist and oncologist can design a cancer pain treatment program depending upon the severity and type of pain, its side effects and how the cancer patient responds to cancer pain treatment. There are many patients who suffer from cancer pain; still they are scared of drug abuse. When the medications for cancer pain are given, they should be taken as prescribed by the doctor and the way patient can avoid getting addicted to the medications.
Asking your doctor about the right use of the medications is necessary. Many patients need the medicines for pain for the time till the root cause of the cancer pain vanishes because of other treatments like radiotherapy, chemotherapy or surgery. The doctor gradually reduces the dosage of the medicine before stopping the medicines completely. This is done in order to enable the body adjust the changes. In some cases the patients need to use medicines in long run, but the patients shouldn’t feel like they are getting addicted.
An oncologist can help you know the right medicines to relieve cancer pain and the pain relief program that the pain physician and oncologist create for you can help you overcome cancer pain easily and after all will power wins isn’t?