Welcome to our Cancer Information Center! In this section, we have given lots of information about cancer pain; which is the most dreaded disease today. The pain from the cancer can be quite excruciating. Sometimes it can be mild, whereas in some cases, patients may not feel pain until the cancer has reached an advanced stage. It’s bad enough to suffer pain from the disease (cancer) itself, but the treatment and investigations for cancer can also be quite painful for the patient!
The pain is more acute if the patient has advanced cancer, i.e. if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Majority of the patients feel pain in cancer when the tumor or mass is pressing on a nerve or a vital body organ. Cancer pain varies from patient to patient and also depends on the stage of the cancer and the type of the cancer. The pain can be sharp, dull, achy, spasmodic etc. It can be intermittent, constant, mild to moderate or very severe.
As we have mentioned before, patient can experience pain from the cancer itself and cancer treatment can also potentially cause pain. Cancer treatment commonly comprises of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Chemotherapy has painful side effects, such as diarrhea, mouth sores and nerve damage. Radiation therapy can cause painful scars or burning sensation in the patient. Surgery also causes pain after the operation and it takes time for the patient to recover from the surgery.
Given below is a brief overview of what we have for you regarding cancer pain. For more detailed information, please read under our side menu in our CANCER INFORMATION CENTER where you can find anything and everything you possibly want to know about cancer pain.
How serious is cancer pain? In this section you will find out all you have wanted to know about that gruesome cancer pain, which causes so much trouble to people suffering from it. We have also covered the complications, risk factors and types of cancer. Cancer pain can originate from both benign as well as malignant tumors; where the former is not serious, but nevertheless painful.
The Following List Can Give An Idea Of What We Have Covered In Our Section:
- Types of cancer
- Serious complications from benign cancer.
- Serious complications from malignant cancer.
- Causes of cancer pain.
- Types of cancer pain (nociceptive & neuropathic).
- Classification of cancer pain (acute, chronic, regional).
- Post surgical cancer pain
- Metastasis cancer pain
- Cancer pain from chemotherapy.
- Risk factors for cancer.
- Cancer from chemical/ toxic exposure, ionizing radiation, pathogens.
- Hereditary cancer
We have covered all the above topics in extensive detail in our CANCER INFORMATION CENTER. So, please look up this topic to know more.
Pain from cancer can be quite intense and excruciating. So, how do we manage this pain? Or better question would be, what do the doctors do to manage cancer pain? Well, there are many treatment options for cancer, such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and interventional pain therapy; but these treatments for cancer itself could also cause pain. Cancer is a medical condition where the cells instead of growing and dying, continue to live on and new cells also form and start to divide uncontrollably. The cause for this is genetic mutation. Cancer Pain depends from person to person and can be anywhere from mild to severe. Majority of the cancer pain occurs when the tumor is pressing on a nerve or organ; or when cancer metastasizes to bones or organs.
Cancer Symptoms Include:
- Warning symptoms (nausea, fever, constipation).
- Deceptive symptoms (cough, vomiting).
- Common symptoms (fatigue, pain weight loss).
- Specific symptoms (hoarseness, anaemia, abnormal discharge, wart/mole).
- Cognitive symptoms (depression, irritation, memory lapses).
Cancer Pain Treatment Includes:
- Analgesics. (NSAIDs, opioids, antidepressants, antiepileptics).
- Interventional Pain Therapy (nerve block, nerve ablation, neuromodulation).
- Treatment of cognitive symptoms (antidepressants, psychotherapy, meditation).
- Alternative treatment (acupuncture, massage therapy, vitamin pills).
So, in our Cancer Pain Management section, you will find about all the different treatment approaches along with different cancer symptoms. So please do read our CANCER INFORMATION CENTER on the side menu.
Cancers commonly are named after the tissue or the cells it affects, such as lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, brain cancer, skin cancer, mouth cancer etc. The pain results from the cancer itself or from its treatment. The common cause why a patient feels pain from cancer is when a tumor or mass presses on organs or nerves. Cancer pain also occurs when the cancer metastasizes to bones or organs. Treatment for cancer includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and interventional therapy. Cancer pain is classified into acute and chronic cancer pain. Cancer types include: benign cancers and malignant cancers (metastasizes and is life threatening).
To know in detail about pathophysiology, symptoms, types, etiology, risk factors, evaluation, treatment, epidemiology, economic consequences, causes of chronic intractable pain, cognitive symptoms, evaluation, informed consent, cancer pain reduction goals, investigations and treatment for cancer and its pain, please refer to the side menu under our CANCER INFORMATION CENTER.
Malignant cells are also known as cancerous cells, which can metastasize to other parts of body.
The 2 Main Types Of Lymphoma Are:
- Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL).
Hodgkin's Lymphoma (Hodgkin's Disease): Hodgkin's lymphoma is characterized by the presence of Reed-Sternberg, which is an abnormal cell. Treatment comprises of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas are more common than Hodgkin's lymphoma. Treatment comprises of chemotherapy, radiation therapy immunotherapy and sometimes a stem cell transplant.
The exact cause of malignant lymphoma is not known. However, there are some risk factors, such as being a man, elderly age, exposure to radiation therapy and a compromised immune system. Symptoms of malignant lymphoma comprise of lymph node swelling, coughing, dyspnea, tiredness, fever, night sweats, rash, skin itching and weight loss. Investigations for malignant lymphoma consist of physical examination, blood tests and biopsy. Treatment for malignant lymphoma consists of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and stem cell transplant.
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Each and every doctor has to come up with some sort of treatment plan for the patient. A doctor has to take into consideration certain factors, such as the type of cancer, age of the patient, patent’s overall health and their treatment preference.
Treatment Plan For Cancer Pain Generally Comprises Of:
- Cancer Diagnosis
- Informed consent
- Treatment option
Treatment for cancer pain comprises of medicines like NSAIDs, opioids, oral ketamine, nerve ablations and blocks, spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal opioids, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, antidepressant analgesics and antiepileptic analgesics.
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