Types of Cancer Pain
Types of pain can be examined under 3 groups:
1) Pain caused by cancer process
2) Treatment related pain
3) Pain caused by non-cancer causes
Although pain related to non-cancer causes is not frequent, (eg, arthritis of the joints or pain due to herniated disc) it can escape attention.
When investigating the cause of the patient’s pain, all complaints should not be attributed to cancer. For example, a cancer patient with leg pain, possible hernia, waist or knee joint degenerations should not be ignored. Failure to perform examination of the knee joint or leg nerves may lead to errors in the diagnosis of pain.
The likelihood of surviving cancer pains is 80% with appropriate pain relief treatment.
Pain Relief Treatment
In the regulation of pain medicines; The general condition of the patient, if any, chronic diseases, drugs used etc. factors must be taken into account.
The pain treatment program is tailor-made. Physicians with adequate knowledge and experience on the effects and side effects of painkiller medications can prepare a safe treatment program for patients.
It should be noted that these drugs, like other drugs, may have side effects.
Interventional Treatment Methods
Interventional pain treatment methods can be used in cases where pain medication is insufficient. Patients who do not benefit from painkillers can be brought closer to their normal lives by using interventional pain treatment methods.
Nerve blocks used to relieve pain; taking into account the areas where the pain begins and spreads, it is the procedures to prevent the nerves from transmitting the pain signals to the brain.
Long-term nerve blocks can be made using different chemical agents as well as blocks that show short-term effects.