Millions of Americans are diagnosed each year with cancer. While not all cancers cause pain, cancer pain can be a significant part of the cancer symptoms for many patients. Research shows that as many as one out of every three cancer patients struggle with some degree of significant cancer pain. At one time, there were few options for dealing with pain caused by cancer, but new developments in medical care are helping patients fight their battle with less discomfort and greater hope.
Managing Cancer Pain
Cancer is a complex disease. Which is why cancer pain can be caused by one of several factors, including pain caused by the cancer itself, or from the form of treatment required (such as radiation or surgery). Therefore, cancer pain treatment must be addressed based on your specific needs and the underlying causes of your pain. Not only does reducing or eliminating cancer pain improve your quality of life, it is an important part of your overall treatment.
Simply put, cancer pain can sap your mental and physical resources, making it harder to fight the disease. Cancer pain can interfere with your ability to sleep, affect personal relationships, and even change your overall outlook on life. At the Pain Specialists of Austin, we understand all forms of pain and pain management. We know that appropriate interventional pain management may help you reduce the need for medications, and enable you to live and function more normally.
Depending on the nature of your cancer pain, a multipronged or stepped approach may be required. That is why we offer advanced spine diagnostics coupled with leading edge treatments such as minimally invasive spine procedures, steroid injections, nerve blocks, neurostimulation, intrathecal spinal pumps, medications, physical therapy, and more to help reduce the impact of pain, so that you can focus on fighting the cancer.
Our sophisticated interventional pain procedures can often block pain for months at a time. Spinal cord stimulation (Neurostimulation) for example, is a minimally invasive procedure that can treat chronic pain in the trunk or limbs. After a successful 7-day trial with a spinal stimulator, electrodes are surgically attached to the nerves in your spinal cord.
Other options include treatments such as an intrathecal spinal pump (This is an implanted electronic device that delivers pain medication to the spinal cord through a small catheter). This can help to decrease or even eliminate the need to take medication orally. An experienced medical psychologist must evaluate the patient and have them undergo an intra-spinal medication trial. If successful, the patient will then receive a referral for surgery to receive the permanent implant.
Only a qualified physician can advise you about which cancer pain management treatments are right for you. If cancer pain is interfering with your recovery, or lowering the quality of your life, we can help. Please call (855) 876-7246 today, or request an appointment online. Our caring staff will be there every step of the way. Call now.