Common Treatment for Cancer-Caused Bone Pain Found to be Ineffective
Bone pain is the most common type of pain cancer patients experience. Because nerves do not cause this type of pain, it can be difficult to treat and manage. Currently, doctors use a medication called pregabalin to reduce pain and increase quality of life. A recent study from the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, concluded that there is no evidence that pregabalin offers any benefit to cancer patients with bone pain. For the trial, researchers divided more than 200 participants into two groups: a pregabalin group and a placebo group. Researchers studied their progress and pain levels for four weeks and found no significant differences in the level of pain experienced or improvement of quality of life. The use or pregabalin for cancer patient bone pain has been increasing over the past several years. Professor Marie Fallon, the lead researcher in the study, fears it will become an unnecessary standard treatment for cancer bone pain. “It is important to find out whether or not pregabalin helps reduce bone pain before it becomes widely used,” she stated. There are many other medications and treatments for alleviating bone pain, although no research has proven a single method as a standard of care.
Bone Pain from Cancer Can Reduce Quality of Life and Ability to Work
Chronic pain is a common complication of cancer, either from the disease itself or from treatments such as surgery or chemotherapy. Chronic pain lowers a person’s quality of life and can make working impossible. If you or your loved one can no longer work due to cancer and complications from treatment, contact the Disability Help Group online or call us at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!