Everyone reacts differently to the chemicals that are used in cancer treatments. That is why some might suffer some pain after receiving cancer treatments. Surprisingly, some cancer treatments can cause as much pain as actual cancer itself.
There are a few ways on how to treat pain caused by cancer and its treatments. One way is to remove the cause of the pain, which could be a tumor, through surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and other treatments. If the pain is the outcome of some of the recently mentioned cancer treatments, then over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers can be used.
If pills are not your choice of medication then you could be able to use medicated shots, a skin patch or rectal suppositories. If those options don’t work, then a nerve block could help. A nerve block is a local anesthetic that is injected into or around a nerve to prevent it from sending pain messages to the brain. Other treatments that might work is acupuncture, massage, acupressure, physical therapy, meditation and hypnosis.
The first step to find the proper pain management is to talk to your provider. Together you will be able to figure out the best treatment that will keep you comfortable.
If you have any questions on cancer pain management give us a call at (405) 701-4909.