Finding Cancer Pain Relief

Source: MayoClinic

Cancer is a serious disease which takes place due to an uncontrolled division of cells. In simple words, 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. It is not necessary that having cancer causes pain, but sometimes a severe pain may occur because of it.

So, if you have cancer pain, many different methods and medications can help you to relieve pain. Firstly, you need to figure out the kind of pain you are experiencing. This will help you to determine the best treatment for reducing the said pain. You must consult health professionals for relieving cancerous pain as they will determine the type of pain you have and suggest you the best method that you need to choose to ease your pain.

Following are some treatment option for cancer:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiations
  • Surgery

All of these methods have some side effects as well. The best way of treating cancer pain is to remove the source of 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 which includes Oxycontin, Roxicodone, etc.
  • Morphine that includes Avinza, MS Contin, etc. 
  • Methadone which includes methadone and dolophine
  • Fentanyl which includes fentora and Actiq 
  • Hydromorphone that includes Dilaudid and eualgo 
  • Oxymorphone which includes opana.

Weak opioid medications

Most of these drugs are taken orally so they are easy to use. Most of these drugs are in a tablet form. 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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