Cancer Pain Management

Cancer Pain Management Specialist Q&A

If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms mentioned below, it is imperative to receive professional medical attention as soon as possible. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL to serve you.

Cancer Pain Management Specialist Near Me in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL
Cancer Pain Management Specialist Near Me in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL

Table of Contents:

What is involved in cancer pain management?
What is Cancer Pain?
What are the treatment options for Cancer Pain?

Cancer is a serious illness that affects millions of people across the world; up to 20 million Americans have some form of cancer, the most common being prostate cancer for men (3.6 million) and breast cancer for women (3.8 million). One of the most difficult parts of living with this illness is cancer pain, a type of pain that does not fit into any other category (acute, chronic, nerve), so it is considered its own type of pain. Cancer pain can be caused by cancer itself, or the treatments for cancer, such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy; it may also be a combination of both. Fortunately, cancer pain management specialists are experienced in helping people deal with cancer pain and ways they can overcome it.

At Ramos Center we offer our patients targeted drug therapy treatments using the ITB Therapy (Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy) pump system. ITB is a targeted drug therapy that will distribute medication directly from a subdermal pump, into the area of your spinal cord that is affected by your condition.

A revolutionary procedure called Targeted Radiofrequency Ablation (t-RFA) is providing patients with fast pain relief from metastatic spinal tumors. Unlike other systems available today, the STAR™ system was developed specifically for the palliative treatment of metastatic vertebral body lesions.

What is involved in cancer pain management?


Cancer pain management involves an evaluation of the patient’s condition, their level of pain, the cause of the pain (whether from cancer or the treatments), a review of medical history, and possible contraindications that the pain management specialist should be aware of. Cancer pain management often involves several different therapies; the therapies utilized vary from one patient to the next and depend on several factors, such as the area experiencing pain, the type of cancer, the severity of the pain, the duration of the pain, and the lifestyle of the patient.

What is Cancer Pain?


Cancer pain is one of the most challenging symptoms that people with cancer experience – it can range from a dull ache to a throbbing, burning sensation that is almost impossible to ignore. It can also cause a variety of other symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhea, muscle weakness, and confusion. The causes of cancer pain are complex and may be inherently linked with cancer itself, or may result from the treatments used to combat cancer, such as radiation or chemotherapy; modern cancer treatments are very hard on the body and can often result in several different complications, such as weight loss, hair loss and cell damage (typically in the mouth, digestive tract, reproductive system and blood-forming cells in the bone marrow).

What are the treatment options for Cancer Pain?


The treatment options for cancer pain include:

• STAR™: STAR is a revolutionary cancer pain treatment that helps patients deal with the pain caused by cancer. It is palliative (relieves pain without dealing with its cause) and has proven to be highly effective when used in tandem with cancer treatments, as it does not interfere with other cancer treatments.
• Cancer Pain Pump: The cancer pain pumps offered at Ramos Center are targeted drug therapy treatments that use the ITB (Intrathecal Baclofen) Therapy pump system. ITB is a targeted drug therapy that will distribute medication directly from a subdermal (under the skin) pump, into the area of the spinal cord that is affected.
• Ganglion Impar Block: Ganglion Impar Blocks are used to treat cancer pain in some situations and involve an injection of sympathetic nerve blocks that can be used in the treatment of pain secondary to malignancy (cancer).
• Splanchnic Plexus Block: If cancer pain occurs in the abdomen, it can be managed with splanchnic plexus blocks; these involve an injection of pain medicine into the splanchnic nerves, located on both sides of the spine.

Other treatments for cancer pain include:

•   Peripheral Nerve Blocks
•   Pudendal Nerve Block
•   Clinical Hypnotherapy
•   Behavioral Health
 
If you are experiencing cancer pain, know that you do not have to suffer; help is available at Ramos Center. We have Florida locations to better serve you: Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Palmetto FL, Laurel FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Cortez FL, Memphis FL, Port Charlotte FL, and Dunedin FL.

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