You Don't Have to Suffer: A Complete Guide to Relieving Cancer Pain for Patients and Their Families / Edition 1

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Every day a tragedy is played out in hospitals and homes across America - the tragedy of needless cancer pain. Too often, cancer patients are caught in the middle between society's strong anti-drug message and modern medical techniques that can bring relief from pain to an extraordinary ninety to ninety-nine percent of cancer patients. Although cancer pain experts assert that pain relief is important, not only because it is humane but also because it is beneficial for physical and psychological health, millions still endure unnecessary, and sometimes agonizing, pain. Written by Richard B. Patt, M.D., one of the country's leading cancer pain experts, and science writer Susan S. Lang, You Don't Have to Suffer is an invaluable, no-nonsense handbook for anyone with cancer, for anyone caring for a loved one with cancer, and for the doctors and nurses who treat these patients. The authors first enumerate the reasons patients are so often undermedicated - unfounded fears of addiction, the desire to "tough it out," time-consuming paperwork for doctors who prescribe narcotics, and laws that fail to distinguish between drug abuse and the legitimate use of narcotics. Carefully weighing the evidence, Lang and Patt construct a powerful argument that properly medicated patients are more able to resume active lives and marshall strength to fight their disease, while those in chronic pain not only suffer, but also may well jeopardize their potential for recovery. You Don't Have to Suffer explores all the pain-relieving options available in the modern medical arsenal - from drugs and high-tech medical procedures to psychological and cognitive techniques and home nursing tips to make a patient more comfortable. Detailed chapters discuss the medications that can fight cancer pain or relieve the undesirable side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and other cancer treatments; anesthetic and neurosurgical options for pain that has not responded well to simpler techniques;

Assessing pain/understanding mild pain relievers/dealing w/constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195084191
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors: Susan S. Lang is a senior science writer at Cornell University, and the author of six previous books. Richard B. Patt, M.D. is the former medical director of the Pain Treatment Center at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, and current deputy chief of the Pain Service at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Cancer and Its Pain
1 Cancer Pain Undermines Cancer Treatment 5
2 Understanding Cancer and Pain 25
3 Assessing Pain and Planning Strategies 45
4 On Being an Active Health-Care Consumer 77
Pt. II The Painkillers
5 Understanding Mild Pain Relievers 91
6 Understanding the Weak Opioids 107
7 Understanding the Strong Opioids 113
8 Understanding How Adjuvant Drugs Relieve Pain and Suffering 137
9 "High-Tech" Options 165
Pt. III Other Approaches and Concerns
10 Dealing with Constipation, Diarrhea, Nausea, and Vomiting 179
11 Dealing with Other Side Effects and Discomforts 193
12 Mind-Body Approaches to Easing Pain 219
13 Special Cases: Children, the Elderly, and Patients with Special Needs 245
14 Dealing with Feelings 259
15 If Death Approaches 285
Notes 307
Appendix: Where To Find More Information 309
Appendix: More Information on Medications 321
Glossary 337
Selected Bibliography 347
Index 353
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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Extremely valuable for the hospice caregiver and the dying fellow human

    This book is on display in a glass case library in the lobby of one of our hospitals hospice service departments.

    As a hospice caregiver, the information in this book about opiates, their doses, explanations of professional terminology for how many times a day to dose, which cancers respond best to which opiates, and which don't, and so much more, helped me to feel more confident in the care I was providing for my dying client. I feel I was better able to communicate with my nurse when she came to the clients home to check on them and give me care instructions. I lost this book in moving, so I am getting another.

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