Cancerous pain widely exists in cancer patients. Medical studies reveal that, 30%-70% patients would develop pain in various degrees. Pain would cause strong stress reaction to enable general vasoconstriction and anorexia, which would lead to decrease of immunity. To the patients who are too painful to have food and sleep, pain not only affects their physical condition but also hits them mentally that patients would lost their confidence to fight cancer.
Most patients would get the fear of morphine dependence and prefer to endure pain strongly rather than taking medicine to relieve pain. What is more, the family members and doctors tend to pay attention to cancer treatment, thus ignore the treatment of pain. Specialists of Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou said that, relieving pain is as important as cancer treatments. Through regular methods, 80% pains from cancer can be relieved. When the fear to pain reduces, patients’ living quality would improve to help treatments.
How to disseminate “pain relief”?
First is to encourage patients to complain of pain
Most patients would hold a preconception that pain is normal, would pass after short endurance and it is unnecessary to tell the doctor. Actually, when patient describes the degree, location and feeling of the pain can doctor and nurses help to stop the pain effectively. Cancer Patients should know that relieving pain can improve the living quality and promote the treatment effect.
Besides, patients should be encouraged to have pain killers rationally
Patients know pain killer little that they are afraid of being addicted to it. Some patients even refuse to take pain killers, which directly affects the treatment for cancer. Early in 90s of 20th century, the World Health Organization listed cancer pain as one of the four points in integrated treatment of cancer and promoted three-level pain treatment, it is to give patient different pain killers according to the three stages of pain across the world. Actually, what cancer patients request is to relieve pain. And the chance for a patient to get addicted to pain killers is very low, medical staff can tell the patients do not fear about that.