Everyone dreads the pain associated with a cancer diagnosis, and it’s no secret that mesothelioma can be one of the most painful forms of the disease. Indeed, some individuals have a higher threshold for pain than others, but there’s no doubt that all meso victims will – at one time or another – need to address the issue of pain management.
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What’s the problem?
Mesothelioma patients and their families many times fear physical pain as much as the disease itself. It is important to understand, however, that most cancer pain can be controlled. Nine out of ten cancer patients will find relief by using a combination of medications. No patient should have to deal with unmanaged pain.
Each patient’s pain is unique, therefore it is important that each individual have a treatment plan that addresses his/her individual needs. The patient and his/her doctor must work together to reduce unnecessary pain and improve quality of life.
The type of medicine and the method by which the medicine is administered will depend on the type and cause of the pain. What follows is an overview of the types of medicines used to relieve pain:
- Mild to moderate pain – Nonopioids: Many of these medications are available over-the-counter (without a prescription); others require a prescription. Some drugs included in this category are acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Check with your doctor before using these medications, especially if you are on chemotherapy.
- Moderate to severe pain – Opioids: Also known as narcotics, these may include morphine, fentanyl, hydromorphone, oxycodone, meperidine, codeine, and methadone. These drugs are available through prescription only. Nonopioids may be used in conjunction with opioids for moderate to severe pain.
- Breakthrough pain – Rapid-onset Opioids: Available by prescription, this is a short-acting opioid (such as immediate-release oral morphine) which relieves pain quickly. It is used with a long-acting opioid for persistent pain.
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