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.)