One of Three With Cancer Will Experience Pain
People diagnosed with cancer can experience pain that is caused by the disease itself, by the treatments for the disease, or both. In fact, one out of every three people who have cancer will experience cancer pain. In cases of advanced cancer—cancer that is spreading or has recurred—the chance of experiencing chronic cancer pain is even higher.
Cause/Risk Factors of Cancer Pain
Cancer can cause pain in a number of ways:
- By destroying tissues
- By the chemicals that cancer cells and tumors secrete
- Through tumors that place pressure on nerves, bones or organs, causing pain
- Through cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery
Symptoms of Cancer Pain
There are many types of cancer pain. Your PMIR pain specialist can help you discover the type and cause of the pain so it can be effectively treated. Symptoms include:
- Bone pain, which is generally aching, dull or throbbing, can occur when cancer spreads into the bone.
- Nerve pain is caused by pressure on nerves or the spinal cord, or by damage to the nerves. This pain often results from nerves cut during cancer surgery or from radiation or chemotherapy.
- Phantom pain is pain from a part of the body that has been removed. An example includes pain in the breast area after removal of the breast due to cancer.
- Referred pain is pain that comes from one part of the body but is felt in another part of the body.
- Soft tissue pain is also described as dull, aching or throbbing and results from a body organ or muscle.
- Exhaustion and feelings of sadness and depression.
- Cancer pain can also lead to exhaustion and feelings of sadness and depression.
Diagnosis of Cancer Pain
Your pain management specialist will focus on identifying the cause of your cancer pain and developing a personalized pain management plan. Understanding the intensity and character of the pain (dull, sharp, shooting, throbbing) can help the therapist determine the origin of the pain.
Treatment of Cancer Pain
At PMIR Medical Center, we understand that pain is a complex condition that affects the whole person—body, mind and spirit. That’s why we provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treatment, customizing the most effective treatment plans for our patients and empowering them to become a collaborative partner in their recovery process.
At PMIR, we offer treatment options for cancer pain that include:
- Celiac plexus Block
- Hypogastric Plexus Block
- Intercostal nerve block
- Nerve Block
- Pain medication management
We specialize in non-medication-based therapies to help our patients achieve sustained pain relief. However, we do offer pain medication, when necessary, as a supplement to other treatment options.
We may also recommend complementing your treatment at PMIR with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) options that include:
Make An Appointment Today
To learn more about how we treat cancer pain and the treatment plan that might be best for you, contact us directly via our online form or request an appointment today by calling (855) 764-7633.