The physical pain caused by mesothelioma is perceived by some as impossible to bear. Many patients and their families are unaware of the fact that there are effective solutions for controlling cancer pain, and often with a combination of medicines physical pain can be managed.
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What’s the problem?
Mesothelioma is undoubtedly a horrific condition, more so in the later stages of the disease. Pain Management for mesothelioma is one of the most challenging parts of treating this disease in order to improve the quality of life for victims. Part of the trouble stems from the fact that the drugs required to treat mesothelioma pain can cause almost as much discomfort as the disease itself or can negatively interact with pain-relieving drugs.
In the early stages, pain is usually controlled with over-the-counter products such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen. Although surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are used to arrest the disease process and alleviate the initial pain symptoms, the treatments themselves may not be pain-free. The needs of the patient and the type of procedure done will determine the kinds of medication that can be given.
Advanced mesothelioma is far more complicated to treat. Doctors usually use one of two routes to attempt to bring relief to victims enduring the agony of advanced malignant mesothelioma. Increasingly powerful opiate drugs such as morphine fentanyl, vicodin, oxycodone, and hydromorphone are strong enough to eliminate a great deal of pain, but have to be strictly monitored by a doctor.
A patient is the only one who knows best where the pain occurs, when it occurs, or how intense it is and what could help him/her during this time of pain. Maintaining a graph or a journal will help in keeping a close eye on the pain and help in better management. Once you notice a pain pattern and document it in your journal, it will become easier for your doctors to treat your pain. The patient can discuss this in detail with the medical team who can come up with an effective plan for pain management. Also inform your doctor if you develop any new kind of pain or problem so it can be promptly looked into and managed.
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