Cancer Related Pain
Approx. 70 % of cancer patients unnecessarily suffer from moderate to severe pain
as their primary symptom, specially at advanced cancer stage. Although Pain can occur at early cancer, advanced cancer,very advanced cancer or even in cancer survivors.You’re the only one who knows what your pain feels like. Talking about pain is important.Demand involvement of PAIN SPECIALIST in your treatment plan from your oncologists. Cancer patients and survivors must not hesitate to enlist a PAIN SPECIALIST to get them the treatment they need to stop pain.
“It makes sense. If you don’t tell someone about your pain, then no one can help you! And the pain won’t go away by itself. Patient A
WHY PAIN CONTROL IS IMPORTANT
Having pain and cancer affects every part of your life. It can affect not only your body, but your thoughts and feelings as well. Whether you have a lot of pain or a little, if it’s constant, you may feel like you aren’t able to focus on anything else. This can be upsetting and may feellike a cycle that never seems to end. Sometimes things aren’t as easy anymore. These may include cooking, getting dressed, or just moving around. Some people can’t work because of the pain or have to cut back on their hours. They may worry about money. Pain also make people less social, wanting to see others less often.
Don’t lose hope. If you have feelings like these, know that you’re notalone. Help is there for you. You can take control of your pain.Work with your PAIN SPECIALIST to find the best plan for you. The best way to control pain is to stop it before it starts or prevent it from getting worse. Don’t wait until the pain gets bad or unbearable before taking pain – treatment. Pain is easier to control on long term basis, when it’s mild. And you need to take pain treatment often enough to stay ahead of your pain. Many cancer patients discontinue their treatment because of pain, resulting into progression of disease. It’s important to keep your painunder control to complete the treatment. Follow the dose schedule your PAIN SPECIALIST gives you. Don’t \give up hope. Your pain can be managed. If you are still having painthat is hard to control, you may want to talk to your PAIN SPECIALIST. Whatever you do, don’t give up. If one method doesn’t work, there is almost always another one to try.
You will be asked to describe and rate your pain. This provides a way to assess your pain threshold and measure how well your pain control plan is working.
My PAIN SPECIALIST poked me on my back with few needles and very soon my pain starts disappearing. I wish I had taken those pricks earlier. Patient B
Your doctor prescribes medicine based on the kind of pain you have and how severe it is There are many different interventions that can be done, if medicines are not able to control your pain or you are getting unacceptable side effects from these medicines.
**By mouth : Some pain medicine can be put inside the cheek or under the tongue.
** Injections (shots): There are two different kinds of shots.
*Under the skin : Medicine is placed just under the skin using a small needle. These are called subcutaneous injections.
*In the vein : Medicine goes directly into the vein through a needle. These are called intravenous (IV) injections.
**Patient-controlled analgesia : (PCA) pumps are often used with these kinds of injections. PCA pumps let you push a button to give yourself a dose of pain medicine.
** Skin patches : These bandage-like patches go on the skin. They slowly but steadily, release medicine.
“It took a few visits to my health care team to get my pain under control. But by trying different medicines and doses, I now have a pain plan that works for me. Patient C
**PAIN SPECIALIST also inject pain medicine into or around the nerve or into the spine to relieve pain, called x-rays or ultrasound guided interventions. These include blocking or destruction of the nerves responsible for modulation of pain by injection close to the nerve, and also delivery of medication directly to the spinal canal using a fine catheter (tube).
There are some very advanced treatment options for controlling “difficult” pain conditions when pain does not respond to above mentioned alternatives. Then PAIN SPECIALIST deposits the medicine in specially designed metallic chamber, which is implanted inside the body. Pain medication automatically gets released from the chamber and reaches to spinal canal. Known as Implantable pumps. With the help of above mentioned treatments, we are able to control pain in more than 99 % of pain patients.
Palliative care – care that focuses on quality-of-life issues – isn’t only for people with advanced disease. All patients and survivors – and their caregivers – should have care plans and survivorship plans that emphasize quality of life, and that includes a daily life without physical pain.
we want you to learn from this brochure are:
** Your pain can be managed.
**Controlling pain is part of your cancer treatment.
** Talking openly with your PAIN SPECIALIST will help them manage your pain.
** The best way to control pain is to stop it from starting or keep it from getting worse.
** There are many different medicines to control pain. Everyone’s pain control plan is different.
** Keeping a record of your pain will help create the best pain control plan for you.
“If you’re worried about addiction, ask yourself one question. If you didn’t have this pain, would you want this medicine?
The answer is usually no. Patient D
**Your body does not become immune to pain medicine. Stronger medicines should not be saved for “later.”
It may help to talk with a pain specialist. who are experts in pain control.
When cancer pain is managed properly, you can:
* Enjoy being active
* Sleep better
* Enjoy family and friends
* Improve your appetite
*Enjoy sexual intimacy
Call your PAIN SPECIALIST right away