Of all the fears that arise when a person finds out that he has cancer, studies have shown that women are most afraid of pain. “Most people say they’re more afraid of the suffering of dying than death itself,” says Sipollini.
As shown by a number of clinical observations, about half of all cancer patients during treatment suffer from pain caused by the disease itself or treatment. Seventy percent of patients with advanced cancer suffer from severe pain. But there are a number of means by which you can satisfactorily 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 mild pain and discomfort caused by cancer or its treatment, as non-chemical supplements to medicines. “They are especially effective when a cancer patient is anxious or depressed,” said Kathleen Folly, MD, head of the anesthesia service at Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center. Although these emotions do not cause physical pain, they can intensify it. "
Some methods include gradual muscle relaxation, when patients strain and relax muscles one by one; meditation, which involves the repetition of one word in the mind, which distracts attention from sad thoughts; and distraction, when you find yourself a fascinating occupation, for example, immersed in solving an arithmetic problem, mentally read poetry in order to distract from pain or thoughts about the upcoming procedure. There are methods that use biological feedback, when using electronic sensors detect changes in body temperature and muscle tension; hypnosis and even music therapy are also used.