What is Cancer Pain?
- Type of cancer
- Stage of cancer
- Therapy used to treat cancer
Cancer pain has two sources:
- Nociceptive pain refers to pain due to damage in a part of the body. This pain is usually felt as aching or pressure
- Neuropathic (nerve) pain refers to pain caused due to damage of the nervous system. This pain is felt as a sharp shooting and stabbing sensation
Unfortunately cancer pain is often under treated owing to the following factors:
- Doctorís reluctance to specifically ask about pain or offer pain relief treatment
- Patientís own reluctance to speak up about pain
- Fear of addiction to pain medications
- Fear of side effects of pain medications
What is New in Cancer Pain?
1. New Simple Tool Helps reduce Cancer Patients' PainA new approach shows that cancer patients can benefit from a simple bedside system that helps manage and reduce their pain levels, reveals a new study. Edinburgh Pain Assessment and management Tool (EPAT) is a simple way to manage pain and makes patients comfortable at all stages of cancer. Read More..
Latest Publications and Research on Cancer PainManaging cancer pain. - Published by PubMed
Feasibility of hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery as compared to open surgery for sigmoid colon cancer: a case-controlled study. - Published by PubMed
Complete response of 7 years' duration after chemoradiotherapy followed by gefitinib in a patient with intramedullary spinal cord metastasis from lung adenocarcinoma. - Published by PubMed
Bone scan findings of chest wall pain syndrome after stereotactic body radiation therapy: implications for the pathophysiology of the syndrome. - Published by PubMed
Spinal astrocytic activation contributes to mechanical allodynia in a rat chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain model. - Published by PubMed