Despite advances in understanding the causes and treatment of pain, cancer pain remains a prevalent and serious public health problem. Sometimes, cancer pain is under treated, for several reasons. A healthcare provider may neglect to ask about pain. Or, the patient may not mention cancer pain. Some people avoid taking cancer pain medications because they are worried about addiction. However, when medications are taken properly to relieve cancer pain, addiction rarely occurs. ISM pain doctors and other pain management providers are trained to treat cancer pain fully and appropriately with the goal of ultimately improving a patient’s quality of life.
Cancer pain can be caused by the cancer itself or the treatment for the cancer. Many types of cancer pain syndrome have been identified. Examples are numerous and can be related to the location of the original cancer, its treatment or systemic effects of the tumor.
Treatments for cancer pain include:
- Opioid/narcotic pain medications
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
- Adjuvant nerve pain medications
- Injections and nerve blocks