Treating mesothelioma pain
Pain management specialists report that much of the pain associated with cancer is very treatable. Most patients who experience pain will obtain relief using a combination of medications. Although medication is the primary tool for treating cancer pain, other treatments such as surgery, radiation, biofeedback, relaxation, imagery and other non-drug treatments are frequently used along with medications to provide even more pain relief.
Pain from mesothelioma persists as long as the disease is present, and it tends to increase as the disease progresses. For people with mesothelioma and their doctors, managing their pain is one of the most important challenges of the disease. Pain that is not managed can affect a person's quality of life, and enjoyment of life.
Most cancer treatment centers now have a multidisciplinary pain management team who focus on creating maximum physical comfort and maintaining quality of life for every patient. Pain management interventions for mesothelioma patients are individually tailored to meet each patient's unique needs and tolerances. Pain management specialists aim to provide the maximum pain relief with the fewest side effects and with the greatest ease of administration.