Cansema: Discussion of
Pain Management Issues
Created ---- 5 / 29 / 2002
ecently, we received an email from one of the members of a feline
cancer group that information on "pain management issues" were
not clearly made available. This -- despite the fact that there
are not less than pain-related four questions in the Cansema
FAQ section, and it is prominently mentioned in both
"Range of Physiological Response" and
Cansema's User Instructions.
There is, however, another
reason this area is having to be revisited. Originally, Cansema
Black Topical Salve was used to remove skin cancers. That was
the extent of its use. Today it is used by both end users and
practitioners alike for any cancers that are in close proximity
to the skin - on both humans and animals. Alpha Omega is
about to introduce Cansema Salve - Deep
Tissue with enhanced transdermal properties (it contains emu
oil and 15% pharmaceutical-grade DMSO). New protocols will
be coming out for applications that go well beyond Cansema's
traditional domain: namely, the removal of basal and squamous
cell cancinomas and melanomas.
The purpose of this page is to more conveniently place
the most salient points about potential "pain management"
issues on one page, linked from the main Cansema page, so
that it is more likely to be read.
As stated elsewhere on this site,
the range of potential pain response to the application of
Cansema is vast -- most people who apply Cansema
to a small area of healthy tissue will feel little more than
mild irritation. To prove our point, we even reproduced a picture
in our FAQ section (see right) showing
one of our production workers handling pure, full strength zinc chloride,
the most caustic compound in Cansema with his bare hand --
(don't try this at home).
At the other extreme are
specific cancers to which Cansema can be applied where
a pain response is produced such that we do NOT advise
users to attempt it without competent medical supervision - (which,
admittedly, cannot be found in this area for many, particularly
in the U.S. or countries of the British Commonwealth,
excluding the Bahamas). This would include all breast
cancers; and skin cancer growths in excess of one centimeter
(a bit over 3/8 inch). [Experienced users may note that we
recently reduced this threshold from two square centimeters
to cover difficult cases where ibuprofen, or other NSAID's,
did not provide sufficient analgesia].
We strongly advise users
to read the User Instructions thoroughly
before attempting the use of Cansema. We provide a protocol there
for "taking cancers out in stages." This involves applying
Cansema in small dabs, one at a time, and monitoring any
sensational response before moving on to the next small
"dab" application. With larger cancer growths, all other
factors being equal, the more Cansema you apply, the more
sensation you get. Knowing this simple fact allows one to
spread out sensations over the time line of treatment so
that the user has greater control over any pain response.
Acetic acid solution --
Many alternative practitioners use 2% acetic acid solution on
topical wounds to reduce pain. This is very easy to make and
very inexpensive. You can do it yourself just by putting about
2 Tablespoons (about 30 ml., or one fluid ounce) of
apple cidar vinegar into one liter (one quart is close enough)
of distilled water. Apply liberally to the site of
pain sensation with a cotton pad or ball.
Analgesics -- We mentioned breast cancer (above) as an instance
where no one should attempt the use of Cansema Salve without
competent medical supervision. But larger cancers, accessible
from the skin, should not be attempted without access to a physician
who can prescribe stronger pharmaceutical-grade analgesics.
Although our orientation leans strongly towards natural,
plant-derived remedies, we realize that there is a place
in the world for stronger medications.
You may follow our instructions,
encounter a larger growth than you anticipated and find that
over-the-counter pain killers are not doing the job.
(These OTC products fall, broadly into three categories:
(1) salicylates (like aspirin), (2) nonsteriodal
anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID, such as Motrin, Celebrex,
Vioxx, etc.), and (3) acetaminophen (includes Datril,
Tylenol, Panadol, and Tempra).
The next step
up is what pharmacists call "narcotic agonist-antagonist"
drugs, most of which require a prescription in most Western
countries. The section in the Physicians' Desk Reference
(PDR) devoted to such narcotic analgesics is extensive.
Among the most commonly prescribed products in the categories are
Darvocet, Demerol, Percocet, Roxanol, and OxyContin.
Originally, the use
of narcotic analgesics to deal with pain was never suggested.
As stated earlier, Cansema's use was pretty limited to our
original stated application: small skin cancers. As its
applications have expanded (which was a natural development
born of its effectiveness), the need to broaden the view
of possible analgesic needs has grown as well.
How to view the process:
To understand why there would even be a need for analgesia
in conjunction with Cansema use to begin with, it helps
to understand the nature of the escharization process.
In a very real way, escharization involves a cooperative
effort between the escharotic preparation - a mere initiating
agent - and your body's own immune system. For all intents
and purposes, Cansema sets into motion a serious of
physiological events that translate into the body
conducting its own surgical operation against the cancer
growth. Any surgical procedure, whether initiated by
the body or performed by the skilled hand of a surgeon
so trained and licensed, can involve discomfort - and if anything,
Cansema normally provides a method of removal that involves
far less invasiveness and pain than the same exercise
employing metal surgical tools. This should not be
interpreted to mean there are not situations where
medical surgery is not the best modality for the removal
of a growth - cancerous or benign. But an objective perusal
of substantial growth removals, as reported on our
Cansema Testimonial page,
with little or no analgesia, will convince all who do not
already have a preset disposition in the matter.
If for any reason,
you are unsure about the use of Cansema for your particular
application, or if you are a practitioner and have more
in-depth questions - general or specific,
please email us.
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