Any cancer can cause a sufferer a huge amount of pain while the diseases ravages his or her body. While some cancer cures leave a patient cancer- and pain-free, other types of malignant tumor growth is practically incurable. In these cases, one of the best ways to ease a person’s suffering is to lessen the pain that he or she is suffering. One way to decrease pain for mesothelioma patients is through TENS therapy.
TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It is an alternative therapy that is often combined with traditional methods of treatment to help stop the pain as well as hopefully the spread of the cancer. Traditional methods of treatment include surgery, as well as chemotherapy and radiation. Patients might undergo several different types of these traditional methods in an effort to combat their cancer.
Mesothelioma is known to be a very painful type of cancer, as well as deadly. It attacks the various linings of the body, such as pleural (lungs), pericardial (heart), peritoneal (abdomen), and even testicular. Since these linings are typically in close contact with the various organs of the body, such as the heart and lungs, it is easy for the cancer to spread to these vital organs. Thus, the survival rate for mesothelioma is not very high, on average.
Because mesothelioma is so painful, TENS therapy is a good way that you can try to combat the suffering. With TENS, electrodes are inserted underneath the skin. They send pulses of electricity to your nerves, which stimulates them and causes them to stop sending pain signals. This works for a shorter period of time and is not used for continuous treatment. Additionally, because you must have the electrodes inserted underneath your skin, this is usually for spot treatment rather than allover pain lessening.
Once the electrodes are placed, the TENS machine is turned on for five to fifteen minutes. During this time, patients describe a warm or tingling sensation which eventually eliminates the pain. Because this is only temporary, you may have to go in to a TENS therapy specialist regularly, or you may even be able to rent the machinery for yourself.
TENS is not meant to be a primary treatment for mesothelioma. It supplements the actual treatment of the tumors. Additionally, as this relies on electrical impulses, it is not good for people who have heart abnormalities or palpitations.