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

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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 ...
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Overview

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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"Patt, one of the country's leading cancer pain experts, has teamed up with science writer Lang to produce a much-needed, sensible handbook for patients and caregivers on aspects of cnacer pain, Recommended."—Library Journal

"A much-needed, sensible handbook."—Booklist

"Clearly written for the consumer....Enables cancer patients to make informed decisions about their care and offers them a way to improve the quality of their lives."—Publishers Weekly

"Comprehensive."—The New York Times

"Thorough and authoritative....Broad in scope, it covers the pain front and explains many puzzling questions....Includes intelligent, balanced discussion of mind-body approaches to easing pain as well as new, high-tech methods....An abundance of information."—Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195084184
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/10/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.37 (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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