The majority of people with cancer will experience pain at some or the other time in their life. The pain may be a consequence of the cancer itself, or sometimes even from the cancer's treatment. In addition, some people who have been cured of their cancer can continue to suffer from pain. Cancer pain, or the discomfort stems from cancer and its treatment, can be controlled most of the time. There are many different medicines and strategies available to control cancer pain. People who have cancer and are feeling pain need to seek consultation from their doctor.
Causes of Cancer Pain:
There are numerous causes of cancer pain, but often cancer pain occurs when a tumor presses on nerves or body organs or when cancer cells invade bones or body organs. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery also may cause pain.
Symptoms of Cancer Pain:
The symptoms of cancer pain vary from person to person. The amount of pain may depend on the type of cancer, the stage or extent of the disease, and the person's pain threshold (tolerance for pain). Pain can range from mild to severe and constant.
Medicines Are Used To Treat Cancer Pain:
Mild to Moderate Pain
Pain relievers: Acetaminophen (Anacin, Mapap, Panadol, and Tylenol) and a group of pain relievers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can treat mild to moderate pain.
Moderate to Severe Pain
Narcotic pain relievers: These drugs include morphine (Kadian, MS Contin), hydrocodone (Hysingla, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin, Zohydro ER), hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo), fentanyl (Duragesic), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentantyl, rifentanyl and tramadol.