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.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

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

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.

KEY MESSAGES

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

*Prevent depression

 

Call your PAIN SPECIALIST right away

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