If you have cancer pain, many pain management options can help to improve your quality of life. Ajay Varma, MD, DABA, DABAPM, Ali Valimahomed, MD, and the team at Gramercy Pain Center in Holmdel, Red Bank and Montclair, New Jersey, offer a variety of safe and effective treatments for cancer pain, including intrathecal pain pumps. Don’t tolerate cancer pain on your own. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Not everyone who has cancer experiences pain. But if you do, that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. The compassionate physicians at Gramercy Pain Center are dedicated to helping adults improve their quality of life by managing cancer pain.
Cancer can cause pain in a variety of ways. You may experience pain from the cancer itself if it spreads to your bones or if a tumor presses on a spinal nerve.
At other times, cancer pain results from a medical procedure, such as surgery, treatment, or tests. Chemotherapy can cause peripheral neuropathy, which is pain, burning, tingling, and numbness in your hands, arms, legs, and/or feet.
First, your pain management specialist at Gramercy Pain Center thoroughly evaluates your condition to determine the specific cause of your cancer pain. Then, they create a personalized pain management plan that may include:
An intrathecal pain pump delivers pain-relieving medication, such as morphine, directly into your spinal fluid. This provides fast and effective pain relief without the side effects of taking oral opioid pain relievers.
A spinal cord stimulator can control pain that doesn’t respond to any type of medication, including opioids. This implanted device uses an electrical current to interrupt pain signals before they reach your brain.
Radiofrequency ablation blocks pain signals by heating and destroying specific areas of nerve tissue. Your specialist uses an imaging technique, such as fluoroscopy, to guide an insulated needle to the precise location. Then, radiofrequency energy is sent to the targeted nerve.
These treatments involve injecting an anesthetic medication into the epidural space around your spinal cord or into a specific nerve. Your pain management specialist may combine the anesthetic with a corticosteroid or other type of pain-relieving medication.
Depending on your needs, they may combine one or more of these treatments with medication management for complete pain relief.
If you experience any type of cancer pain, call Gramercy Pain Center, or book an appointment online today.