Can Modafinil Help Cancer Patients?

The Modvigil Blog continues examining different uses and applications for Modafinil. Recently, a study has shown that Modafinil could be beneficial for cancer patients. We’ve also discussed how Modafinil can help Multiple Sclerosis Patients, Children with ADHD, and people suffering from depression. Stay tuned as we continue to explore Modvigil’s potential benefits.

Around the world, oncologists are constantly searching for new ways to combat cancer’s debilitating effects. Millions of dollars are spent every year researching new drugs and testing new therapies and methods to help fight back against a ferocious disease. The battle with cancer is multi-faceted and complex. Not only is it necessary to attempt to remove the deadly cancer cells, but it is also extremely important to protect other healthy cells. In addition, doctors have to consider how to mitigate the immense pain that patients suffer during cancer treatments.

A phase III clinical trial has been underway for the last several years and has recently finished its reports on Modafinil’s benefits for cancer patients. The results are interesting and here on The Modvigil Blog we’ll be examining these results further.

Can Modafinil Cure Cancer?

Let’s start off with a major clarification. Many people who read about cancer treatments find themselves in a desperate situation. It is tempting to look at any rumored or supposed treatment as a cure that could save your life or the life of someone you love. Modafinil is not intended to cure or prevent cancer, and so far there is no evidence that suggests that this is possible.

So What can Modafinil do for Cancer Patients?

One of the most common symptoms reported due to chemotherapy and radiation treatments is fatigue. These crippling treatments are widely used to kill cancer cells, but unfortunately have the unwanted side effect of also damaging healthy cells nearby. Think of it as throwing a grenade at a tumor, blowing up most of it, but having shrapnel imbed itself into nearby healthy tissue.

As the body struggles to repair these cells, in addition to its constant war against the damage being caused by the cancer itself, patients often experience overwhelming fatigue and exhaustion. And the fatigue is not only physical; emotional fatigue often takes its toll on patients as procedures continue to pile up. Stress from high medical bills, family affairs, and the fear of the unknown all amount to a great deal of discomfort. That stress can produce physical and emotional exhaustion. Perhaps most obviously yet most often overlooked is the simple fact that undergoing such difficult treatments often complicates a patient’s sleep schedule and makes getting a full night’s sleep extremely challenging.

This fatigue often makes it difficult for a cancer patient to be self-sufficient. It reduces patients’ autonomy and reduces their freedom. Intense fatigue can be the difference between taking your own shower and needing full time medical care. Understandably, fatigue can be somewhat embarrassing for patients and can increase the burden placed on family other members of a patient’s support group.

Therefore, it’s not entirely surprising that Modafinil could be a helpful tool for cancer patients to overcome their fatigue.  Modafinil has already established a name for itself by giving people the energy needed to conquer any task at hand. Not enough sleep? No problem. Need to pull an all-nighter? Go right ahead. These benefits have become well known to everyone who has taken Modafinil, and now medical researchers have decided to see how it would work for cancer patients.

Does Modafinil Reduce Fatigue in Cancer Patients?

This is the question the researchers sought to answer. They tested about 650 patients with 200mg daily doses of Modafinil. Most of these patients were dealing with chemotherapy or had dealt with other types of invasive procedures. None of them had tried Modafinil before. The trial ran during a 2.5 year period and some of the patients remained on Modafinil the entire time.

The results were not exactly what you might expect. The researchers found that for people with mild to moderate fatigue that Modafinil did not make a very large impact on their overall health. They may have noticed a slight improvement, but in general did not feel that the pill was improving their symptoms significantly. However, very few patients reported negative effects, and it seems that Modafinil does not complicate existing negative symptoms. There were no reports of Modafinil making symptoms worse.

So Modafinil didn’t work? Not quite. For patients who were classified with severe fatigue, the disabling kind that renders you into an immovable object, Modafinil DID work and did seem to greatly improve their symptoms, bringing them on par with other patients in the middle of the pack. As mentioned, this could be a major difference maker in the quality-of-life department for these patients.

The researchers are continuing to refine their data before making official announcements of their recommendations and follow-up studies still need to be performed. Nevertheless, Modafinil has shown to be very helpful for cancer patients with extreme fatigue. It may be beneficial to consult with your doctor and see if Modafinil could benefit you. Given the complexity and intricacy of cancer treatment, do not under any circumstances begin to self-diagnose or change your medication schedule without talking to your doctor first. It’s great to see more options becoming available to people who are suffering from a serious condition, and it’s exciting to see Modafinil lending a helping hand in this area.

The Modvigil Blog will continue to provide you with the latest developments on uses for Modafinl and new clinical trials. Bookmark the page and stay informed.

 

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