A cancer diagnosis can take your breath away when you are first told you have cancer. There have been no many breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer that it doesn’t always mean a death sentence now.
Although it will be overwhelming at first, you will have many specialists that will work with you and your treatments. You should have a trusted person who can go with you to all of your different doctor appointments. You will be given a lot of information and having someone with you can help you remember everything that was said.
Pain that is usually associated with cancer can now be managed effectively. There are many drug choices and combinations of pain medications that can be used to combat pain brought on by cancer. Cancer pain has been divided into three classifications. Somatic Pain – experienced as a fast localized pain and a slow noxious sensation. The doctor or yourself cannot usually say where the pain is, there is just a dull ache in the deep tissue which would indicate that the cancer has spread to the bone. Neuropathic pain is the worst of the three types of pain. It is the feeling of burning or tingling sensation. A tumor on the spinal cord, nerves, chemotherapy, and radiation can cause damage to the nervous system which can cause this pain. Visceral pain is very different because there is no fast or slow component and it is poorly localized. This type of pain is in the internal organs. The pain here can be caused by a tumor pressing on the organs, or even a greater invasion of the cancer. This pain is a throbbing, pressured sensation.
After determining the type of pain you are having, the doctors then must decide if the pain is acute or chronic in nature. This will help them determine what the best course of pain medication will work best for you.
Pain relief from cancer has come a long way from what it used to be. With all the information and knowledge about cancer, your oncologist will be able to provide you the relief of pain. You must work closely with your doctor so he understands where your pain is by a number scale so that he can modify your pain regime if necessary. There is no need to suffer in silence anymore.
The survival rate for cancer increases every year. Some of this is in part because they now have pain management for cancer patients. They have also come to understand how important your diet is in the treatment too. Proper nutrition, spiritual guidance, and family play a much bigger role than ever thought before.
Dedicate yourself to being a cancer survivor and help others going through cancer do the same.