Managing Cancer Pain: Drugs, Therapy, Radiation, Surgery

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Management With Drugs

Basic Principles of Cancer Pain Managementcancer pain, however, become tolerant to opioids during long-term therapy. Therefore, increasing doses may be needed to continue to relieve pain. A patient’s tolerance of an opioid or physical dependence on it is not the same as addiction (psychological dependence). Mistaken concerns about addiction can result in undertreating pain.

Medications for pain may be given in several ways. When the patient has a working stomach and types of pain. These drugs include massage, pressure, and vibration (to improve relaxation); exercise (to strengthen weak muscles, loosen eyes open and focus on a fixed spot or object. If you wish to close your eyes, picture something about the music.

  • Listen to the music at a comfortable volume. If the discomfort increases, try increasing the volume; decrease the volume when the discomfort decreases.
  • If this is not effective enough, try adding or changing one or more of the following: massage your body in rhythm to the music; try other music; or mark time to the music in more than one manner, such as tapping your foot and finger at the same time.
  • chemotherapy drugs may also be used to manage cancer -related pain.

    anxiety drugs and sedatives may be used to reduce anxiety or to sedate the patient. Treatments such as imagery or relaxation are useful in managing procedure-related pain and anxiety.

    Patients usually tolerate procedures better when they know what to expect. Having a relative or friend stay with the patient during the procedure may help reduce anxiety.

    Patients and family members should receive written instructions for managing the pain at home. They should receive information regarding whom to contact for questions related to pain management.