The opioid war targets cancer patients

First they came for the drug addicts. Then the pot smokers. Then chronic pain patients. Now they’re after cancer patients. The “experts” are doing everything they can to separate chronic pain from acute pain, because doctors only have to treat acute pain (but not always). And now cancer patients will be seen as potential drug addicts, too.

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 — More people are surviving cancer, but many are left with persistent pain after treatment. New guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommend that doctors routinely screen for such pain.

The guidelines also advise doctors to consider the use of non-traditional treatments for pain. These include hypnosis, meditation and medical marijuana where it’s legal.

ASCO also cautioned doctors to assess patients’ risk for overuse of opioid painkillers…

Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment have led to a record 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. But, about 40 percent of survivors have persistent pain as a result of treatment, ASCO says…

The guidelines note that there are non-drug treatments for pain. These may include physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, massage, hypnosis and meditation. Also non-opioid painkillers — such as acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin — can ease pain. Certain types of antidepressants and anticonvulsants may be prescribed to relieve chronic pain and/or improve physical function, ASCO said…

Do you think these medical associations/societies are on the side of patients? No, they exist only to protect doctors. And yet they’re “guidelines” are followed like law, just like the CDC’s rules.

If there were active advocacy groups for patients, they would be reporting that anyone who is diagnosed with cancer should be aware — before treatment — of the possibility of developing a chronic pain condition from the treatment, which your doctor will refuse to treat after a certain period of time. In other words, you will probably survive, but there’s a good chance you will be in pain for the rest of your life. Sound good? Here, sign on the dotted line.

Do you think being a cancer survivor (or being terminal) will automatically grant you access to painkillers? Think again.

If I were a cancer survivor in chronic pain, and my doctor prescribed hypnosis or aspirin to treat my pain, I’d tell him to fuck off. (Doctors suck.)

7 thoughts on “The opioid war targets cancer patients

  1. I could tell when the doctors thought I wouldn’t survive by the amount of opioids they would allow. It was clear they thought it didn’t matter because I wouldn’t live. When it became clear I would, you could feel them scramble to try to get me to taper off, but by that point I didn’t think they were worth it anymore anyway and stopped myself. Thankfully I have legal cannabis here to help me.

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    • Hi Josh, you’re my hero, just so you know. I’m very glad for legal cannabis, for so many reasons. To me, abandoning a cancer treatment survivor (I distinguish between cancer survivors and cancer treatment survivors, for reasons you know all too well!) is nothing less than criminal. A person who has stood on the brink of death, peering into the void, in order to kill off the invaders, invariably takes some hits to whichever systems the poisons are tailored to target. Then, after the shouting is over, the survivor is left to deal with the aftershock. You are a particularly resilient person. Most would not have gone where you have, twice! Want one of the amazing gluten free canna brownies I made last night?

      Oh, OK Johnna, you can have one too 😛

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  2. I hope that this latest outrage will incite a backlash and start normal people thinking “Gee, what will happen to me if I ever need surgery? Or get cancer? Or if my loved ones do?”

    That’s always been our problem: No one seems to think much about pain until they have it themselves.

    I’m sure I’m not the only one wishing some of the anti-opioid folks come down with CRPS or arachnoiditis or need cancer treatment.

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