Cancer Pain

Definition:
Cancer pain can be described as either acute or chronic, and can be pain that is from cancer treatment or the cancer itself. Whether the patient has cancer or is experiencing pain after the cancer has gone into remission, patients can see the best results if they treat their cancer pain sooner rather than waiting until the condition turns into chronic pain. 

Causes:
There are a number of reasons why patients may experience cancer pain. Sometimes, the source of the pain may be from cancer treatment. Radiation and chemotherapy may cause sores in the mouth and other parts of the body. Surgeries to remove limbs may also result in a condition known as phantom limb pain, a chronic condition where patients feel pain in their missing body parts. However, the cancer may influence the pain as well. Sometimes tumors can spread to the spinal cord and pinch nerves. When nerves are damaged, there is the possibility of nerves misfiring, sending pain signals to the brain.

Symptoms:
Patients with cancer pain can have a variety of symptoms depending on the condition their cancer or treatment has resulted in. For neuropathic pain, patients can experience a tingling feeling that travels up the arms and legs. Neuropathy can also leave patients with a sudden, sharp pain paired with weakness.  Patients with cancer pain may have a difficult time falling asleep due to the inability to relax. Finally, cancer pain is known to bring on feelings of frustration, anger, or depression.

Treatment:
Cancer treatment can be overwhelming at times, but with concurrent pain treatment from TriState Pain Institute, we can help make it easier. Depending on the cause of the cancer pain, our pain experts can carefully select a treatment plan that is the best fit for patients. We will make sure that any prescriptions that are provided do not interfere with existing prescriptions that are managing and treating cancer. Visit our treatments page to see the many options available to patients with cancer pain, including nerve blocks and medical marijuana. 

 

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