How does Ketamine treat Chemotherapy Pain?
Chemotherapy is often an important part of cancer treatment. While chemotherapy may help irradicate cancer cells, it comes with it’s own long list of side effects. One of the most uncomfortable side effects is the pain that it causes. This pain may feel like burning, headaches, muscle aches, numbness and tingling, stomach pain, and shooting pains. Ketamine helps treat these neuropathic pain conditions from Chemotherapy by blocking the NMDA receptors and binding to all types of Opioid receptors. The result of Ketamine administration is a reduction in inflammation and the activity of pain producing nociceptors.