Of all the fears that arise when a man finds out that he has cancer, as studies have shown, women are most afraid of pain. “Most people say that they are more afraid of suffering dying than death itself,” says Sipollini.
As shown by a number of clinical observations, about half of all cancer patients in the course of treatment suffer from pain caused by the disease or treatment itself. Seventy percent of patients with advanced cancer suffer from severe pain. But there are a number of means by which it is possible to reliably relieve pain in more than 90 percent of patients.
Relaxation exercises and proper behavior, usually used to relieve anxiety and depression, can be very useful for moderate pains and discomforts caused by cancer or its treatment, as non-chemical supplements to medicines. “They are especially effective when a cancer patient is in a state of anxiety or depression,” said Kathleen Folly, MD, who heads the anesthesia service at Memorial Oncology Center Sloan-Kettering. Although these emotions do not cause physical pain, they can increase it. ”
Some methods include the gradual relaxation of muscles, when patients tighten and relax muscles one by one; meditating, suggesting repetition of some words in the mind, which distracts attention from sad thoughts; and distraction, when you find yourself a fascinating activity, for example, immerse yourself in solving an arithmetic problem, mentally read verses in order to escape from pain or thoughts about the upcoming procedure. There are methods that use biofeedback when using electronic sensors to detect changes in body temperature and muscle tension; hypnosis and even music therapy are also used.