Finding Cancer Pain Relief

Source: MayoClinic

Cancer is a serious disease which takes place due to an uncontrolled division of cells. More simply put, cancer occurs when abnormal cells divide in an uncontrolled way. Some kinds of cancers are so harmful that they may eventually spread into other tissues. There are more than 200 different types of cancer have been identified. Cancer does not always cause pain, but sometimes a severe pain may occur because of it.

If you have cancer and are experiencing pain, many different methods and medications can help you to relieve pain. First, it must be determined what kind of pain you are experiencing. This will help you to determine the best treatment for reducing the pain. You must consult with health professionals for relieving cancerous pain as they will determine the type of pain you have and suggest the proper options available to help ease the pain.

The following are some treatment options for cancer:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiations
  • Surgery

All of these methods have side effects. The best way of treating cancer pain is to remove the source of the pain by chemotherapy, surgery, radiations or some other possible forms of treatment. If these methods can't be used, then medications are usually administered to control the pain. Some of these medications are:

Over-the-counter and prescription strength pain relievers which include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

Strong opioid medications including:

  • Oxycodone
  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydromorphone
  • Oxymorphone

Most of these drugs are taken orally and come in tablet form so they are easy to use. Some of these dissolve very quickly in the mouth. If you are not able to take medicines orally then these medications can be taken through injections or intravenously, rectally and through the skin.

Some local anesthetics can also be used which are called nerve blocks. These local anesthetics are injected into or around the nerve. As a result, pain messages can't travel along the nerve pathway. This prevents the pain message from reaching the brain. This is a form of specialized treatment. There are many other therapies such as massage, relaxation, acupressure, meditation and physical therapies that help to relieve pain

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