1 out of 3 people undergoing cancer treatment experiences pain. If the cancer has spread or recurred, the chance of experiencing cancer pain is increased.
The pain may be dull, a constant ache or a sharp pain. It could be mild, moderate or severe.
Pain may result from the cancer itself, growing into or destroying tissue near the cancer.
When tumors grow, they can put pressure on nerves, bones or organs, causing pain. Even cancer treatments, including surgery, radiation or chemotherapy can cause pain.
Treating Cancer Pain
There are many different ways to treat cancer pain. The preferred way of treating cancer pain is to shrink, remove or reduce the source of the cancer. These treatments can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and other accepted treatments.
Pain medications can be used in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to help control pain.
Treatments & Medications may include:
Medications- Non narcotics for mild pain ( Advil, Tylenol). Narcotics for moderate to severe pain (morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc.)
Anti-seizure medications for neuropathic pain or nerve pain (gabapentin, Lyrica).
Procedures: Epidural steroid injections and nerve blocks may assist in pain management. In some cases, intrathecal pump (spinal pump) may be considered if other treatment options have failed.
At Advanced Pain Management Center, we will work with you to create a customized pain management program which may include a combination of medications and procedures.
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