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An article published in Frontiers in Pain Research examined the effectiveness and safety of medical cannabis (MC) treatment for cancer pain. Over 320 oncology patients initiated MC treatment, with 212, 158, and 126 reporting in at 1, 3, and 6 months, respectively, of follow-up. Overall findings:

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Unsedated procedures involving patients who have acute or chronic illness can be painful and cause nervousness, anxiety, distress, and catastrophizing. Virtual reality (VR) has been shown to positively distract, and therefore lessen the stress involved. The Journal of Medical Internet Research repor...

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Cancer and degenerative diseases can cause bone loss. Via sound waves and tissue engineering, stem cells can be turned into bone cells, but the process is difficult and painful, involving bone marrow extraction. Researchers now report that use of higher frequency sound waves overcomes some of these...

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As colorectal cancer occurrences in people under age 50 increase, researchers have developed a risk prediction model. The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, hopes to identify those at risk well before they experience abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, low blood counts...

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Can digital therapy that provides lymphatic and limb mobility exercises make a difference in pain for patients postsurgery for breast cancer? A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research Cancer recruited 120 patients at least 3 months past breast cancer surgery. Half of the group...

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The PAINWeek National Conference has presented many courses teaching the benefits of music therapy. A university in Thailand is promoting a music therapy course, and not just to treat those in pain. Music therapy has helped lower blood pressure, soothe patients during dialysis or chemotherapy, or...

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Researchers in an article published in this month’s BMJ ask, does medical cannabis relieve cancer or noncancer related chronic pain? They examined at around 30 trials with over 5100 patients given oral or topical medical cannabis. Results compared with placebo:

  • Noninhaled medical cannabis led to...

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Who is more likely to use cannabis for pain? A study in the journal of Cancer states its findings that, within the past year, 8% of cancer survivors reported using cannabis vs 15% of people without cancer. All those surveyed, whether cancer survivors or not, were more likely to use cannabis if they...

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Exercise Rehabilitation in Veteran Cancer Survivors is a clinical trial from the Baltimore VA Medical Center. It seeks to determine the efficacy of exercise for patients who have survived lung cancer but have neuropathic pain, a common problem after surgery and chemotherapy. “The ultimate goal of...

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A Canadian study at the University of Toronto is looking at the differences in mastectomy pain post-surgery in trans men and cis women. Interestingly, while a large number of cis women—almost 40%—experience persistent pain after a mastectomy, transgender men do not. The latter group also require...

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