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Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy may suffer from pain for years post-surgery. However, researchers have found that the type of anesthesia used during the operation may impact the development of long-term pain.
(dailyRx News) Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy (removal of breast) can have pain for years after the surgery. Does the medication given during surgery make a difference?
Researchers have found that the type of anesthesia used during the operation may impact the development of long-term pain.
Breast cancer patients given the anesthesia propofol (Diprivan) during mastectomy surgery were 50 percent less likely to experience chronic pain as patients who were given sevoflurane (Sojourn and Ultane).
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Patients who are considering a mastectomy may want to ask their surgeon what type of anesthesia will be given during the surgery. Ultimately, more solid findings are needed to support these findings. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture, relaxation training, and yoga may be of benefit in reducing pain. Patients should discuss with their doctor what types of treatment options may offer them the most relief.