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Oncology (General Cancer)/TENS/EMS for Pain in Cancer Patients


"My 80 year old mother is suffering from Lung Cancer and is on Gefitinib since last 2 years.She is so far fine with no breathing trouble,wheezing,cough etc.But she has developed Shoulder Pain before Cancer was detected.As the shoulder pain is aggravating NSAID drugs are not working satisfactorily any more,Transdermal Patch (Brupenorphine)was given but it caused severe side effects like vomiting/vertigo.Under this condition to give relief whether TENS/EMS(electrical nerve/muscle stimulation)can be given.There is apprehension that this stimulation may aggregate Cancer cells.Please opine."

There is no cause for any such alarm! But if the treatment will be of help with her symptoms remains to be seen.

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Claes-Gustaf Nordquist, M.D.


Questions concerning Cancer, Oncology, radiation Therapy, Tumours, Chemotherapy, Cytotoxic Drugs, Hormonal Therapy, Radiation Protection.


I'm a Doctor of Medicine and specialist in Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy educated & trained in Sweden. Now retired. Background in Radiation Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Gynecological Oncology, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Cytology,Hematology and Internal Medicine. M.D. from the faculty of medicine, Royal Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Have also been an exchange student at the Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem Israel. Former medical consultant, Swedish National Board of Radiation Protection. Former Police Surgeon and Medical Examiner, Stockholm Police Department. Former Chief Medical Officer, The Royal Guards, The Royal Horse Guards and the Royal Household Brigade, Royal Swedish Army Medical Corps. You can also reach me on: I have no restrictions in the number of questions there. I also answer questions in these other categories: General History, Military History, Brain Tumors, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer

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