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When no one can hear you scream…

September 27, 2012

Last week, a doctor blogger  wrote about the debilitating chronic pain an older patient was forced to endure after chemotherapy and radiation treatment in one of my favorite medical blogs, Well, in the New York Times,  He survived the cancer – but lives with never-ending pain.   

Calmare Therapy is (apparently) still little-known in the medical community. In fact, it is a non-invasive and highly successful treatment for chronic pain, particularly chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).

I’m haunted by a statement in the article by the daughter of the patient cited who says, “I’ll never forget what my father had to go through,” she said, weeping. “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.”

If only this man, his family, or, more importantly, his team of oncologists, surgeons and pharmacists had even an inkling about the benefits of Calmare Therapy for this kind of pain, this man’s quality of life could be so much better. If only.

For we lucky healthcare practioners who have seen people’s lives forever improved after Calmare treatment, reading these kinds of articles is like being in a room where no one can hear you scream…

To learn more about Calmare Therapy for CIPN pain:

CIPN patient shares her experience with Calmare Therapy

February 15, 2012 – Amsterdam

(reprinted with patient permission)

A Letter from Nelia B (Condition: CIPN after Chemo Taxol Therapy)

For the past 2 1/2 years, I’ve been suffering from severe CIPN in my feet, after undergoing Taxol therapy for breast cancer. Three months after finishing the chemo, the neuropathy got much worse. Since then I’ve been on a high dose of pain medication (Gabapentin, Venlafaxine, Tramadol). Still my pain kept being at a level between 5 to 10. I also tried morphine patches, two painful and unsuccessful nerve blocks, cortisone injections, acupuncture, tens treatments and vitamin B12 shots. Nothing helped.

My doctors told me that my CIPN was chronic and not much else could be done about it. Meanwhile, I kept researching options and read about the clinical trials for CIPN with “Calmare Therapy” at the Massey Cancer Center, as well as at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Carbone Center. The doctors at both institutions told me that they experienced positive outcomes. I was also able to talk to a patient who underwent Calmare treatment, which was encouraging also. Then in the fall of 2011, I learned that the US Military opened several Calmare centers.

In December 2011, I decided to give it a try and contacted Dr. Cooney at the Rutherford Allied Medical Group in the United States. Afraid of being disappointed, I was a skeptical patient. But after the first treatment, my feet felt relaxed and I could sense a slight relief. Thereafter, I got better with every treatment and started cutting down the pain medication. After 10 treatments I was on 10% pain medication and the pain was at level 3 to 5. When I returned home the pain slightly increased, but then it stabilized. Although I am not pain free, I feel so much better.

The Calmare treatment has given me back some quality of live, I did not have in three years. I’ve much more energy, my head is clear–being on much less medication–and I feel hopeful! It’s great to be on the street and look down the block, knowing that I can actually walk there; it is even better that I can finally take my children to the playground. My family is very relieved seeing me feeling better.

I’m very grateful to have found the Rutherford Allied Medical Group in New Jersey. Thank you Dr. Cooney and Dr. Michel for the wonderful care!

If you suffer from CIPN, you absolutely should give it a try. Good luck!

Nelia B.

Treatment for Chemotherapy Pain – Calmare Therapy Making News

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

It is one of the great frustrations of healthcare–pain.  And, often, those who suffer the most live every moment of every day in pain. This could not be more true for cancer patients who have endured chemotherapy in order to eradicate the cancer from their bodies. Often, the chemo is successful and the patient’s cancer is in remission. But these “soldiers against cancer” are often left with a weakened, damaged body as a result of the powerful after-affects of the drugs.

This condition, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, called CIPN, has no real cure. There are pain killing drugs (more drugs) of course, along with a few alterative therapies can help alleviate some of the pain. But there is no cure for CIPN.

That’s why the news from several studies underway, including the University of Wisconsin, as well as the Mayo Clinic (3/4 way through this video, Dr. Charles Loprinzi discusses the scrambler therapy study which they have in progress now 11.2011)  are so important. These centers’ studies are finding that Calmare’s scrambler therapy is producing significantly positive results in minimizing or even eliminating pain from chemotherapy treatment. These findings, starting to filter in from our country’s most respected cancer centers, serve as a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel of pain for our friends, family and colleagues living with the painful after-effects of chemotherapy treatment.

A CIPN patient from Amsterdam comes to NJ for Calmare Therapy

The recent findings by the University of Wisconsin that Calmare Therapy is one of the first therapies discovered to successfully treat chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) during and after chemotherapy treatment  is making a big impact on the cancer therapy community. In the next few weeks, we will welcome patients from as far away as The Netherlands who are coming to NJ to seek treatment for this debilitating pain. We hope that one of these patients will share their experience on video that we can share with you all. Until then, wishing you a peaceful, happy and pain-free weekend.

Talk with Dr. Cooney Live on Friday, Nov. 4

Dr. Cooney shares a laugh with one of his patients after her Calmare Therapy treatment.

Dr. Michael J. Cooney of Rutherford Allied Medical Group will be discussing Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment on Friday, Nov. 4 from 3-4 p.m. (Eastern time) on Joseph Aquilino’s popular and informative program, “RSD and You”. 
 
Joey is a nationally-recognized advocate of RSD treatment and research. He also lives with the disease himself. 
 
Listeners are invited to call in at (310) 982 – 4253  and ask Dr. Cooney questions about this non-invasive, drug-free, pain-free treatment for chronic pain–RSD, fibromyalgia and other types of neuropathy. Log in at  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joeygiggles

Is Calmare Therapy right for your chronic pain condition?

In order for patients to achieve the most positive outcomes from any therapy, treatment or medication, the solution must be appropriate for the specific condition being treated. Calmare Therapy is beneficial for patients living with treatment-resistant neuropathic chronic pain for a year or more as a result of these types of conditions:

  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Cancer-related neuropathy
  • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain neuropathy
  • Radiating pain
  • Diabetic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Phantom limb syndrome
  • Sciatica

Can Calmare scrambler therapy be performed on patients with a Spinal Cord Stimulator?

Yes. Calmare Therapy may be performed on patients with spinal cord stimulators so long as the stimulator is turned off during therapy. Melissa S. from Michigan (9/2011) shares her story of successful treatment with an implanted SCS here.

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment® technology is FDA-cleared, non-invasive and pain-free. Unlike debilitating painkilling drugs, this therapy has no side effects. To learn more, tour our site and call (201) 933 – 4440 to learn more.

New U. of Wisconsin study supports Calmare for CIPN treatment

More and more cancer patients are surviving the disease but suffer with debilitating pain as a result of chemotherapy treatment, particularly in the feet and hands. The nerve damage can affect the patient’s ability to walk and use their hands. But an NBC News affiliate broadcast this new report on October 11 about a new  clinical study by the University of Wisconsin which determined Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy is the first known therapy to show measurable results in helping to alleviate CIPN pain. “This technology has consistently shown very impressive results in our blind study, ” reports Toby Campbell, MD, chief of Palliative Medicine, University of Wisconsin.

As a result, a larger more extensive study has been approved. For anyone interested in participating in the study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, call 800-622-8922.

Dr. Michael J. Cooney

Rutherford Allied Medical Group

Chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and Calmare Therapy

I’ve been asked on radio programs more than once about CIPN and how Calmare can help. There is no negating that chemo saves lives every day. But the treatment often takes a toll on the rest of the body. As a result, the patient can be dealing with a newly developed case of chronic pain. One of the root causes of this pain is a result of the toxicity of the heavy metals, Taxanes and Cisplatinin, particularly.

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment has proven to be particularly effective in combating this chronic pain. My team and I spent years researching, interviewing and visiting manufacturers who produce technology to alleviate chronic pain. One of the decisive factors was a scientific report published last year by Thomas J. Smith, MD, Endowed Chair of Palliative Care Research and Medical Director of the Thomas Palliative Care Unit at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center.

The study, one of the first detailed studies conducted in the United States since FDA clearance, concluded, “Patient-specific cutaneous electrostimulation with the MC5-A Calmare device appears to dramatically reduce pain in refractory CIPN patients with no toxicity.” CIPN, a debilitating side effect for 30 – 40 percent of cancer patients, causes sharp ongoing pain in the hands and feet and affects an estimated four million cancer patients in the United States alone.

 Their specific findings:

  •  Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment relieved refractory (resistant) CIPN pain quickly and significantly, with virtually no side effects.
  • Patients experienced a 64% reduction in pain, on average.
  • Four of 16 patients had a complete disappearance of pain.
  • Some patients had return of complete or partial normal sensation and relief of numbness, as well as relief of pain.
  • Some pain relief is durable for months but may require re-treatment and maintenance.

For those of us with expertise in pain management, these data findings are both astounding and inspiring. If you or a loved one undergoing chemotherapy treatment would like more information, please feel free to contact me personally.

Dr. Cooney

Dr. Cooney to appear on “RSD & You” Oct. 7 from 3-4 p.m. (eastern time)

 
Dr. Michael J. Cooney of Rutherford Allied Medical Group will be discussing Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment on Friday, Oct. 7 from 3-4 p.m. (Eastern time) on Joseph Aquilino’s popular and informative program, “RSD and You”.Listeners are invited to call in at (310) 982 – 4253 and ask questions about this non-invasive, drug-free, pain-free treatment for chronic pain, including RSD, fibromyalgia and other types of neuropathy.”RSD and You” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joeygiggles