Some forms of cancers appear to be asymptomatic; they go undetected until they are diagnosed in the final stages. Other cancers cause acute or even chronic pain, or cause side effects that may not be cancer-related, but are painful nonetheless. And then there are treatments that may be used to cure cancer, but can cause discomfort in their own right. For anyone diagnosed or living with cancer, pain can be omnipresent or sporadic, and when the pain presents, it can range from inconvenient to debilitating. No one should have to endure pain, especially when there are treatments available to manage it. If you or someone you care about has cancer pain – either from cancer itself or from treatment – you may want to reach out to a pain management specialist. And if you aren’t familiar with pain management, especially to manage cancer pain, it’s important to know what interventional pain management is, and isn’t.
Pain Management, Defined
Foremost, managing pain and pain management are not by definition the same thing. And that’s probably a good thing. One can manage pain through any number of means – from meditation, changing lifestyle habits, or managing symptoms and pain triggers. On the other hand, interventional pain management is a medical specialty that employs a variety of invasive and non-invasive therapies to address the root causes of your pain. And while managing pain – especially in the later stages of cancer – may include prescriptions of opioids and other potent medications, pain management doctors work specifically to treat pain, vs. mask it through pain killers.
Pain-related to cancer most often is due to cancer metastasizing and destroying the surrounding tissues. A growing tumor, whether benign or malignant, can press against the nerves, bones, and internal organs. Malignant tumors may spread to other parts of the body, causing the pain to become more widespread. Pain management uses interventional treatments to address the cause of the pain which, in turn, can reduce discomfort.
Depending on the type of cancer and its severity (stage), your pain management doctor may recommend any number of pain management treatments. Your pain management doctor will work with you – and your oncologist, as well as any other medical professionals – to develop a treatment plan that complements the other treatments and services you are undergoing. Pain management treatments for those with cancer include nerve blocks and spinal cord stimulation, both of which can relieve pain-causing inflammation; and nerve ablation, which is used to destroy the nerves that are responsible for pain. Your doctor may determine that an implanted pain pump – a pain medication delivery system – is best to manage the delivery of medication to the nerves and spinal cord. He may also recommend physical therapy and other advanced pain-relieving techniques.
Kamerlink Pain Institute
No one should have to deal with the pain that otherwise can be managed with state-of-the-art techniques and compassionate care. Dr. Jonathan Kamerlink is a Harvard-trained and board-certified specialist in both anesthesia and pain management. Widely published and highly respected, Dr. Kamerkink has brought his years of expertise and training to Boca Raton, where Kamerlink Pain Management Institute is ready to help you manage pain that may be caused by accident, injury, acute or chronic illness or cancer. Don’t live with pain another day; work with an expert to manage it. Call Dr. Kamerlink for a consult today at (561) 404-7667.