Cancer pain management using capsaicin cream

Cancer pain management – what Neuropathic pain is

Post-surgical neuropathic pain can be caused as a result of surgery for cancer. Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to the somatosensory system (the sensory system) and consists of burning sensations, pins and needles sensations and pain as a result of what would normally be non-painful stimuli – like a soft touch or brush across the skin. This pain can range from slight discomfort to unbearable.

According to information on wiwkipeadia, neuropathic pain affects up to 7% to 8% of the European population is affected, and in 5% of persons it may be severe, so this kind of pain is not limited to cancer patients but is a wide spread phenomenon.

Cancer pain management – the study using cayenne cream

Cancer pain management

Cancer pain management

In a study published in the Journal of Oncology, 99 patients were studied using capsaicin cream for 8 weeks and then a placebo cream for eight weeks or vice versa. The researchers found that at the end of the study, three quarters of the patients found that the capsaicin cream helped them. The researchers said: “The capsaicin cream arm had substantially more pain relief (P = .01) after the first 8 weeks, with an average pain reduction of 53% versus 17%.” and that at the end of the study “60% chose the capsaicin arm”. The study reached the following conclusion:

“A topical capsaicin cream decreases post-surgical neuropathic pain and, despite some toxicities, is preferred by patients over a placebo by a three-to-one margin among those expressing a preference.”

Cancer pain management – obtaining capsaicin cream

Capsaicin is the active ingredient found in hot chilli peppers. The hotter the chilli pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. There are recipes to make your own topical capsaicin cream and here is a cayenne pepper cream recipe you can make yourself, but you can also get capsaicin cream from your local health store as well.

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The most important thing at the moment is that regular drugs do not seem to be effective at treating this kind of pain, so if you are in charge of caring for cancer patients or know someone who is suffering from similar kind of pain, then please share this information with them. Cancer pain management is an important part of cancer care and ensuring quality of life may be one of the best things you can do for a person fighting cancer.

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