This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of aromatherapy and essential oils primarily to improve the quality of life of cancer patients. This summary includes a brief history of aromatherapy, a review of laboratory studies and clinical trials, and possible adverse effects associated with aromatherapy use.
This summary contains the following key information:
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils (also known as volatile...
There are different kinds of cancer pain. These include:
Acute pain. This is bad pain that lasts a short time.
Chronic pain. This is mild-to-intense pain that comes and goes over a long time.
Breakthrough pain. This is sudden, severe pain that lasts for a short time while you are taking medicines that usually control your pain.
There are a number of ways to control each
of these kinds of pain.
You are the only person who can say how
much pain you have or if a certain pain medicine is working for you. Telling
your doctor exactly how you feel is one of the most important parts of
What does your doctor need to know?
specific you can be about your pain, the more your doctor will be able to treat
it. It often helps to write everything down. Include:
When your pain started, what it feels like,
and how long it has lasted.
Any changes in your pain.
If the pain is constant or if it comes and goes.
you have more than one kind of pain. Use words such as dull, aching, sharp,
shooting, or burning.