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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.

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

Calmare Pain Therapy featured on “Living with Hope” radio program

I was honored to be the guest on Trudy Thomas’ “Living with Hope” radio program last week to talk about Calmare Therapy and answer callers’ questions. Trudy is a well-known supporter and activist for people living with pain and other chronic diseases.  She specializes in introducing new treatment options to people who may not experience successful outcomes with traditional medical treatment.

Some of our former Calmare patients were kind enough to call in during the show to share their personal experiences. The phone lines and questions submitted by email were so busy that our show was extended beyond the one-hour segment. I’d like to thank Trudy for her time, candor and expertise. She’s a true professional and it was an honor working with her.

Dr. Michael Cooney

Breaking News: U.S. Military Introduces Calmare Pain Therapy nationwide

We’ve just learned today that our U.S. Military has researched Calmare Pain Therapy and purchased several units of the technology for its use. Although scheduled to close its doors at the end of this month, Walter Reed Army Medical Center was the first known military-affiliated healthcare facility to offer Calmare in 2010.

The confirmed expansion of Calmare into military medical centers nationwide reaffirms the growing support and understanding of this revolutionary technology to relieve several kinds of debilitating pain.  Now, more of our wounded soldiers will have immediate access to state-of-the-art pain relief –without reliance on debilitating pain medications.

 

Post surgical hand pain sufferer finds relief after seven long years

When Cecilia Carney had her arthritic hand operated on in 2004, she had no idea the long term pain she would endure after surgery, particularly after she took a bad fall, pushing her thumb back into her wrist. In all, she spent seven years researching and experimenting with a variety of medications and therapies to relive the post-surgical pain in her hand. “The pain was unending, 24/7–and excruciating,” explains Cecilia. “One day during a break at work, I read about Calmare® Pain Therapy in the Bergen Record. After thinking about it for a few days, I called Dr. Cooney. At my first appointment, my pain level was at 9/10 on a 10-point scale.”

Cecilia said she felt at ease in the office from the start. “Dr. Cooney explained that not every chronic pain condition can be treated with Calmare, but believed my pain could be greatly alleviated.  He even offered me a treatment–right on the spot.” Ten daily treatments later, Cecilia is a changed woman. “I hadn’t slept through the night in years and gave up doing so many things I enjoyed because I just didn’t have the strength with all the pain.”

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment uses a biophysical (using physical methods to treat biological problems) rather than a biochemical (drugs) approach. The FDA-cleared device relieves pain directly at the pain site by small electrodes, through which a ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted directly to the nerve for a period of 30 – 45 minutes, on average. Regardless of severity, many pain symptoms have been proven to be significantly reduced or alleviated during the treatment series process and there are no side effects.

Today, Cecilia continues to work full-time and sees her life in a new light. “Before Calmare, I was reliant on pain medications like Percocet and Tramadol to fight the constant pain. But now, I’ve said goodbye to those drugs–for good.”

Walter Reed Memorial using Calmare Pain Therapy

 The Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commanding General of the United States Army Medical Command approved the use of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment at their flagship medical center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., for injured soldiers and other military personnel.

 According to the American Pain Society, nine out of 10 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans return home with some form of pain and about 60 percent have significant pain, mainly from the “cumulative effect of exposure to recurring blasts.”

 “The pain constellation exhibited by returning service members is the most complex situation I have ever seen in my 30 years of practice and calls for a revolutionary new approach to simultaneously address the spectrum of shared, common symptoms across these severe disorders,” said Michael E. Clark, Ph.D., clinical director of the Veteran Administration’s largest pain management and rehabilitation program in Tampa.

Not all wounds of war leave a scar. Some of the worst injuries are incurred when soldiers are jolted during travel, protecting themselves from attack, or surviving an explosion where the soldier is thrown, but not visibly wounded. These injuries are often the worst. Left untreated, this can result in muscle skeletal joint pain, a chronic aching that won’t go away. Use of Calmare Pain Relief Therapy provides chronic pain relief without addictive pain medications or invasive surgery.

 Rutherford Allied Medical is proud to offer Calmare Therapy, available in fewer than 20 locations nationwide.

 Dr. Michael Cooney

New! ABC-TV features Calmare Patient’s happy ending

Our colleague, Dr. Amato, was the first doctor to introduce Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment in the United States after it was cleared by the FDA.

ABC-TV featured one of Dr. Amato’s patients in a recent in-depth report on the proven benefits of the therapy. We encourage you to watch this objective and informative report http://www.abc6.com/Global/story.asp?S=14538112

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