Managing Cancer Pain

Cancer is a devastating disease, and the pain that accompanies it is often debilitating. Cancer pain may be dull or sharp and can be moderate, mild, or severe. At any rate, cancer pain is quite complex and usually requires the involvement of many care professionals, usually an oncologist and pain management physician working together. Effective pain management is about teamwork and finding out what works.

OPTIONS

When prescription medication is no longer effective, there are several alternate options for treating cancer pain. Yet, the best treatment for cancer pain is one that relieves the pain with the fewest side effects, so it is important to find a solution you can live with.

-Interventional

For patients with acute or chronic cancer pain, an interventional approach can provide rapid pain relief that usually lasts for weeks or months. These interventional procedures may consist of sympathetic never blocks, or other non-invasive injections that will help alleviate your pain.

-Intrathecal Pain Pump

When traditional methods have failed and other alternatives have been exhausted, perhaps an intrathecal pain pump may be necessary to relieve your long-term symptoms. It is a round metal device, slightly smaller than a hockey puck, which delivers medication to the spinal cord through a tiny catheter to help reduce or eliminate the need to take medication orally. That means less medication is required in order to get the same effect. However, the down side to my pain pump is the size.

-Spinal Cord Stimulator

A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) provides a minimally invasive approach that treats chronic pain in the torso or limbs. The procedure involves surgically placing electrodes next to the spinal cord which interrupts the transmission of pain signals. Perhaps the best feature of all is that you can trail it for 7-day in order to decide if SCS is right for you. When deciding on SCS treatment, remember that each company offers different technology in the field of SCS, so make sure you find the correct one to meet your needs.

-Support

Many websites have assistance help for those dealing with terminal cancer. Try to utilize these sites and organizations in order to get more information and communicate with others suffering from cancer. The Supportive Care Program provides support to patients who require pain management that extends beyond the clinic. Many cancer organizations have great resources for palliative care of loved ones whom are suffering from cancer. It’s important at this stage that the patient(s) are comfortable and well taking care of.

For many people with cancer, control of cancer pain is the most important part of their treatment. It’s important to understand that each individual will react differently to each treatment.

Our pain management doctors will provide creative solutions that go beyond just taking a pill for temporary pain relief. If you or someone close to you is dealing with cancer pain, call our office today. For more articles about cancer pain, never blocks, and pain pumps, please visit us at www.PrizmPain.com

 

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