The Cancer Pain Sourcebook by Roger Cicala

By Roger Cicala

An predicted 34 million melanoma sufferers almost immediately conflict persistent discomfort. within the melanoma discomfort Sourcebook, best soreness administration experts speak about the anatomy of soreness and supply sufferers with a accomplished and compassionate method of dealing with soreness in the course of melanoma cures. incorporates a entire research and assessment of universal soreness drugs, remedies, and replacement remedies.

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Invasion of the Central Nervous System Tumors that arise from or invade the brain or spine have quite different effects than tumors involving the peripheral nerves. The brain itself is insensitive to pain (it can even be operated on while a patient is entirely awake, as long as the scalp and the overlying tissues are anesthetized with local anesthetic). For this reason, when tumors arise within the brain, or more commonly metastasize to the brain, they do not directly cause pain. Patients with extensive tumor invasion of the brain often have absolutely no pain.

Shingles Another way that cancer can cause pain is by causing shingles. Shingles are actually the reactivation of latent (inactive) chickenpox virus. Nearly all adults had chickenpox as children. An unusual feature of this virus is that it never leaves the body, even when the sores have cleared and full health returns. Instead, the virus lies in a dormant state in a portion of the nerves called the dorsal root ganglion, near the spinal cord. The immune system usually keeps the virus suppressed, but the presence of cancer can weaken the immune system enough to allow the virus to multiply.

Tumor), more frequently the tumor originated somewhere else and then metastasized to the bone. Cancer of the breast, kidney, lung, and prostate are more likely to invade bones than are other types of cancer. The bones most commonly invaded are the vertebrae (spine), pelvis, and the long bones of the arms or legs. Once cancer cells reach a bone, they begin to multiply, destroying healthy bone tissue as they grow. Sometimes the body fights back, forming new (although abnormal) bone at the site of a tumor, but bone destruction is the overwhelming rule.

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