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Cancer Pain Overview

Pain is the result of a physiological series of electrical and chemical events that occur in the body. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.”  

Nutrition During Cancer Treatment

Benefits of Good Nutrition During Cancer Treatment Cancer treatments, and sometimes the cancer itself, can make it challenging to maintain a nutritious diet. Side effects like nausea, fatigue, taste changes and dry mouth can impact what you can eat and have an effect on your overall nutritional status. Each cancer patient’s nutritional needs are unique. More Info »

Physical Activity and the Cancer Patient

In the past, people being treated for a chronic illness (an illness a person may live with for a long time, like cancer or diabetes) were often told by their doctor to rest and reduce their physical activity. This is good advice if movement causes pain, rapid heart rate, or shortness of breath. But newer More Info »

Cancer? More exercise, not less, may be best

For Marika Holmgren, fighting breast cancer was an uphill battle — literally. She got back on her mountain bike shortly after her diagnosis in February 2007, smack-dab in the middle of chemotherapy. “The treatment is so intense — it strips everything away. You’re physically and completely changed,” says Holmgren, 40. “I was trying to retain More Info »

About Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson was from Rothwell and was originally diagnosed, in 1990, with breast cancer when she was just 26 years old. A tumour in Jane’s lung grew so large that it made her breathless. Then in August 2000 a scan revealed multiple secondary cancers. Jane’s diagnosis was terminal. But despite the odds, Jane was determined More Info »

Coping with Cancer Magazine

The Coping with Cancer website is a complete online experience that educates and inspires. It is presented in a warm and friendly, easy-to-use format, and provides knowledge about living with cancer, hope, and inspirational topics. The Coping team is constantly adding relevant articles and trustworthy resources. The website is provided as a public service by Coping with Cancer magazine and does More Info »

Maximizing Safety with Methadone & Other Opioids

Opioids provide life-saving analgesia for the millions of Americans who suffer with chronic pain, yet overdose deaths are rising at an alarming rate, with methadone implicated to a disproportionate degree [Paulozzi et al. 2006; Webster 2005; Warner et al. 2009]. Methadone deaths increased almost seven-fold from 790 in 1999 to 5,420 in 2006, rising faster More Info »

Oral Methadone Dosing for Chronic Pain: A Practitioner’s Guide

Methadone has emerged as a good choice for the management of cancer pain and chronic non-cancer pain both as a first-line medication and as a replacement opioid. Particular cautions must be observed as methadone’s pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are unique among opioids. Milligram for milligram, however, methadone is much more powerful than morphine, although there is More Info »

Commonsense Opioid-Risk Management in Chronic Noncancer Pain: A Clinician’s Perspective

Chronic noncancer pain (CNP) is a serious and likely undertreated public health problem. In a 2005 survey, 19% of US adults reported chronic pain and 34% reported recurrent pain [Kuehn 2007]. The annual costs of pain-related healthcare, litigation, and compensation are estimated at $100 billion in the United States alone [Sinatra 2006]. While opioids have More Info »

Pain in Opioid-Addicted Patients Entering Addiction Treatment

Pain and addiction share some common physiologic pathways in the brain, especially those involving opioids, and each may affect the other. That is, the presence of pain may influence the development and course of opioid addiction, and vice versa (Compton and Gebhart 2003). These interactions may complicate therapy for opioid addiction. For example, opioid-addicted persons More Info »