Reasons Patients Do Not Get the Right Cancer Pain Treatments

Source: Mayo Clinic

Cancer is one of life’s most devastating, threatening and most common diseases. Many people are not aware of the pains that occur during cancer. Cancer, in some patients, becomes more intolerable due to the cancer-associated pain they suffer from.

Out of 3, about 1 cancer patient suffers from cancer pain. The more adverse the said cancer, the more pain the patient feels. Now the question here is what causes such pain, where does it originate from, and how to treat it? A cancer patient suffers from pain due to the medical condition itself. The pain arises from the point of the cancer tumor.

For instance, if a patient has a tumor growing in the liver which leads to cancer, he or she will suffer from pain in the liver. The pain is due to the chemicals the tumor releases at that particular physiological point.

The treatment of cancer pain involves the shrinking of the tumor by chemotherapy, surgery or radiation. The worse part of cancer pain treatment is that it has a lot of side effects. Surgery is a painful process and may take a lot of time to recover from.

Radiation may lead to scars that are painful too. Chemotherapy can cause side effects like mouth sores, diarrhea, vomiting, nerve damages and other nervous disorders. Medication like aspirin, Advil, codeine, mortin, avinza, oxycontin, etc. can also be used to reduce cancer pain. These medicines are easy to use as they are taken orally.

In case if the patient is unable to take the medicines orally, it can also be injected intravenously. Moreover, some therapies, like acupuncture, physical therapy, relaxation techniques and meditation may also aid in treating cancer pain.

Some Patients Don’t Get Proper Treatment

There are many people who are unable to get proper treatment for the cancer-induced pain they feel. One reason might be that there are many doctors who themselves are unaware of cancer pains. Therefore, they do not ask their patients about what they are going through.

On the other hand, there are many patients who do not speak to their doctors regarding the pain they suffer from. Some patients are frightened that if they tell their doctors about the pain, the doctor will conclude that their cancer is getting worse.

The reason for not discussing cancer pain between the patient and the doctor can also be due to an addiction to medication. Take note that the medicines used for treating cancer can cause addiction. Moreover, people are also afraid of the side effects of the medications they might have to take if they reveal how severe the pain is.

It's the responsibility of the doctor or the health care provider to make their patients realize that treating cancer pain and cancer itself is crucial in order to cure it. Yes, cancer treatment is painful (one can't put it in words), but you have to fight some bad days to finally earn the best days of your life. In order to fight cancer, the patient's faith should be bigger than fear.

The patient must embrace pain and be dedicated to burning it as a fuel for finding strength on his or her journey.