According to statistics compiled by the National Cancer Center in Plainview, New York, as many as 20-50% of cancer patients live with pain. That number rises to 80% in those with advanced-stage cancer. Finding relief can make a huge difference in the quality of your daily life, and is an area of specialty at Commonwealth Pain & Spine. If you or your loved one is struggling with cancer pain in Indiana or Kentucky, schedule a consultation at the office nearest you to learn more about treatments. Commonwealth’s Kentucky offices are in St. Matthews, Elizabethtown, Lexington, Crestview Hills, Owensboro, and London. Indiana offices are in Evansville, Vincennes, New Albany, Carrollton, and Jasper.
Cancer pain is a highly subjective experience and yours will be different from that of friends and family, even if they have the same type of cancer. The different types of cancer pain include:
Understanding the various types of pain can help you and your doctor create a cancer pain management structure that’s right for you.
There are many ways to address cancer pain and it can take some trial and error to find the approach that works best for you. Medications can help control pain and are available as pills, patches, injections, medication pumps, and rectal suppositories. Opioid medications can help with severe pain. Other nonnarcotic drugs can also be effective against cancer pain.
Surgery can also relieve pain by altering the neural pathway that sends pain signals to your brain. Nerve blocks perform a similar function using injected medications instead of surgery. Spinal analgesia delivers pain medication to the fluid surrounding your spine, and epidural injections work in much the same way.
Nerve stimulation uses a low-voltage electrical current to change the path of pain signals. Neuroablation works by using extremely hot or cold temperatures to damage targeted nerves.
Many men and women choose to incorporate nonmedical pain treatments into their cancer pain management routine. Acupuncture, biofeedback, counseling, hypnosis, and imagery and relaxation techniques can help you manage cancer pain.
Treating cancer pain can be a complex issue, and requires a medical team with expertise. At Commonwealth Pain & Spine you have access to some of the best pain management specialists in the region.
Book an appointment today to explore these and other cancer pain management tools and techniques, or you can always call or stop by the office nearest you to check availability.