NEW TREATMENT TO RELIEVE CANCER PAIN
Pain is a common complication for cancer patients, with an incidence as high as 90% of those with advanced cancer. In cancer pain, ketamine is usually prescribed as adjuvant to opioid therapy when pain becomes opioid resistant or when neuropathic pain symptoms dominate the clinical picture.
HOW CAN KETAMINE HELP CANCER PAIN?
Refractory cancer pain is often due to disease progression and leads to exacerbation of preexisting pain and/or complex pain syndromes, including neuropathic pain or plexopathy.
Ketamine is an NMDA antagonist anesthetic agent. Although it can be used in high doses to induce general anesthesia, it is more often used outside the operating room at subanesthetic doses as a coanalgesic.
Ketamine is considered one of the World Health Organization’s essential drugs for the management of refractory pain and is associated with reduced opioid consumption and reduced opioid tolerance.
Over the last decade Ketamine infusion therapy has been called one of the biggest breakthroughs in the treatment of various mood and pain disorders. If you or a loved one is battling cancer and is experiencing pain we invite you to contact us today to learn more.