Facts About Cancer Pain
If you have cancer, it does not mean that you will also have pain. However, if you do have pain, you can work with the Louisiana Pain Specialists team to make sure a pain relief plan is part of your care and treatment. Pain takes many forms. It can be dull, achy, sharp or burning. The pain can be mild, intermittent, moderate, constant or severe. The amount of pain that is felt depends on a variety of factors including the type of cancer, how advanced the cancer is, where the cancer is located, and pain tolerance. Most pain is manageable but it is important to control the pain with an effective treatment plan.
If the pain comes from the cancer itself, it can be from the cancer growing into or destroying the nearby tissue. As a tumor grows, it can press on nerves, bones or organs. The tumor can even release chemicals that can cause pain. In some cases, treatment of the cancer can help alleviate the pain; however, cancer treatments like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can also cause pain.
There are a variety of ways to treat cancer pain. Most cancer is treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or other treatment to remove the cancer. If these treatments do not work, pain medication is effective to control the pain. Medications include over the counter and prescription pain relievers, like aspirin, Tylenol, and ibuprofen and stronger medications like codeine and Dolophine. Specialized treatments like nerve blocks can help blog pain. Other therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, massage, physical therapy, meditation and even hypnosis may also help.