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Custom Interventional Cancer Pain Treatments at Gramercy Pain Center

We know that living with cancer can already take a huge toll on your mental and emotional wellbeing. An important part of cancer care is finding a team who will not only help you cope with the psychological effects of the disease but also help you manage your physical pain.

At Gramercy Pain Center, our professional doctors can help you adapt to your condition and achieve lasting relief for an improved quality of life. We can provide an accurate diagnosis of your chronic cancer pain and create an effective treatment plan that can reduce the severity and frequency of your symptoms.

Schedule an initial appointment with one of our specialists today to discover more about how you can get started with your cancer pain management.

Understanding Cancer Pain

Pain is one of the most common symptoms of cancer but its severity can vary depending on the stage and type of the disease and other underlying health problems. Most cancer patients complain of persistent pain as the disease progresses while some individuals can already experience discomfort at the time of diagnosis.

There are different ways to describe cancer pain based on the source of the problem. If the pain arises from nerve damage, you can feel a burning or tingling sensation. If the pain occurs due to the tumors pressing on the organs, it can present as a stabbing or aching pressure.

Our pain management specialist will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and identify the root of your cancer pain. We will prepare an appropriate treatment plan according to the type of cancer you have and the degree of your pain conditions.

Common Causes of Cancer Pain

One of the primary reasons for cancer pain is when the cancerous tumor grows and affects the surrounding tissues, bones, and organs. Other possible causes of cancer pain are:

  • A side effect of cancer treatment: While procedures like chemotherapy and radiation therapy are designed to destroy the cancer cells, they can have a side effect of lingering pain after the treatment. In some cases, they can cause peripheral neuropathy and result in numbness affecting the hands and feet.
  • Spinal cord compression: Cancer pain can also happen when a tumor spreads and presses on the nerves of the spinal cord. This can lead to severe pain that radiates to the back and neck, and can cause weakness in the arms or legs.
  • Post-surgical pain: When you’ve had surgery to remove the tumor and affected tissue, you may experience pain as you recover from the procedure.
  • Medical tests: During the diagnosis stage of your cancer, some exams like biopsy or bone marrow test may be painful.

Different Types of Cancer Related Pain

  • Acute Pain: This is the type of cancer pain that comes suddenly but only lasts for a short period of time. A common example of acute cancer pain is the pain from surgical treatment.
  • Chronic Pain: This type of pain comes and goes and can last for a longer period than acute pain. Several factors can contribute to chronic cancer pain such as damage or changes to the nerves due to the tumor or after treatment.
  • Breakthrough Pain: This refers to the episodes of pain that you feel while taking medications for your chronic condition. Similar to acute pain, it can come on quickly but it can feel very intense and unbearable.
  • Phantom Pain: This pertains to ongoing pain sensations that you feel in the area where a tumor was removed. It’s unclear what causes this but some doctors suggest that it’s connected to having a mixed pain signal being sent to your brain.
  • Bone Pain: This type of cancer pain happens when a tumor starts to grow in a specific area of the bone and damages the tissues.
  • Nerve Pain: Also known as neuropathic pain, this happens due to pressure on the discs or nerves on the spinal cord. Some patients may also have nerve pain after surgery or radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Signs That You Need To See A Cancer Pain Doctor

While having chronic pain is normal, you shouldn’t overlook its symptoms to avoid worsening your cancer disease. In some cases, the pain can be a sign that you have an existing infection or there’s a complication with your cancer treatment. You should immediately see a cancer pain doctor once you feel the following symptoms:

  • Dull aches or throbbing pain
  • Extreme tiredness or fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Brain fog or mental confusion
  • Nausea
  • Unexplained or sudden weight loss

Effective Treatments to Overcome Your Cancer Pain at Gramercy Pain Center

You don’t have to endure your cancer pain on your own when you can have our team by your side as you recover from your condition. At Gramercy Pain Center, our pain specialists can help restore comfort to your life by lessening the symptoms of your chronic disorder using the best methods in interventional pain medicine and management.

Our friendly and compassionate team is also trained to provide the highest standard of care and service to give you the best pain relief experience. We use different minimally invasive treatments and pain relief methods to alleviate your symptoms:

  • Steroid injections
  • Nerve block treatments
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Hyaluronic injections
  • Intrathecal pain pump
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Disc decompressions
  • Cryoablation
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Physical therapy

FAQs About Cancer Pain Treatment and Management

Q: Is cancer pain permanent?

A: Cancer pain is a chronic condition and is considered a normal part of living with the disease. However, there are different ways to control the severity of pain symptoms and stop it from taking control of your life. Our doctors have experience in integrative medicine and they can help improve not just your cancer pain but your overall physical wellbeing.

Q: How is cancer pain typically diagnosed?

A: Our pain specialist will ask about your current health, medical history, type of cancer, and how long you’ve had the disease. We may also perform other tests to identify or rule out other possible causes of your pain. We’ll recommend the right pain medication and treatment plans based on our findings on your condition.

Q: How can cancer survivors manage pain?

A: Cancer survivors can have flare-ups of pain even after their cancer treatments. At Gramercy Pain Center, we can use a combination of physical therapy, medication, and minimally invasive procedures to reduce your pain symptoms and prevent them from getting worse. We’ll constantly monitor your recovery progress and observe for any signs of cancer recurrence or persistent pain.

Manage Your Discomfort with Pain Relief Solutions at Gramercy Pain Center

Live the rest of your days in comfort with the help of our cancer pain management physicians at Gramercy Pain Center. With our effective interventional cancer pain relief treatments, you can freely enjoy the things you love without the worries of chronic pain. Call us now or book an appointment online to learn more about how you can achieve pain-free living.