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Cancer Pain



Studies have shown that 90% of patients with advanced cancer experience severe pain and that pain occurs in 30% of all cancer patients, regardless of the stage of the disease. As many as 50% of patients may be under treated for cancer pain, yet not all cancer patients feel pain, and pain is rarely a sign of early cancer. Pain usually increases as cancer progresses. Usually oncologist wish to treat cancer pain while monitoring the cancer treatment plans. Occasionally, when patients are in need of interventional approach or close monitoring of the cancer pain they are referred to our practice.

The most common cancer pain is from tumors that metastasize to the bone. As many as 60-80% of cancer patients with bone metastasis experience pain. The second most common cancer pain is caused by tumors infiltrating the nerve and hollow viscus. Tumors near neural structures may cause the most severe pain. The third most common pain associated with cancer occurs as a result of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.Pain depends on many factors such as the type of cancer, the stage of the disease, and the patient's tolerance. Cancer pain can result from the following:


What can be done for cancer pain?

When possible, cancer pain is treated by removing or reducing the tumor that is causing it. When the tumor cannot be removed, the pain can be treated in various ways. Medications are the cornerstone of cancer pain treatment, and their use is aimed at providing the greatest pain relief possible with the fewest number of side effects and the most ease of administration. What medications should be used for each person, and for each kind of cancer pain that should be treated with medications, forms the art of effective pain relief. It is important to know that medication is not the only option for controlling pain. Many other methods are available, some of which are referred to as complementary methods (treatments used in addition to conventional medicine). Methods you may consider include physical therapy, distraction techniques, acupuncture, and massage. At spine and pain care we offer selective nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablations as advanced treatment options for cancer pain. The most complete and potentially successful approach to pain control often combines several methods