The majority of cancer-related pain is caused by cancerous tumors pressing up on nerves, organs, or bones – however, some cancer-related pain is caused by treatment itself (such as chemotherapy). Cancer-related pain can either be acute or chronic; acute pain is often a result of injury, and will resolve on its own in a short matter of time. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is often the result of nerve damage caused by a tumor pressing up against a nerve, or by chemicals produced by the tumor. Chronic pain may also result from ongoing cancer treatment. Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches understands the importance of properly diagnosing cancer-related pain, seeing as different types of pain require different treatment measures. Regardless of what type and severity of cancer-related pain you or your loved one is suffering from, we are here to help.
Cancer-Related Pain Symptoms
The type of cancer-related pain you suffer from will depend on what kind of cancer you are diagnosed with, and how this type of cancer affects your body. In the majority of instances, individuals suffer from one of three predominant types of cancer-related pain, including phantom pain, aching pain, or burning pain. Aching pain is often deep and persistent, and results from a tumor pressing up against a bone. Burning pain is typically related to nerve damage, sometimes resulting from chemotherapy or radiation. Burning pain may also occur when a tumor presses up against a nerve; nerve pain is the second most common cause of cancer-related pain. Phantom pain occurs after the part of the body containing the cancerous tumor has been surgically removed. Phantom pain can occur in any part of the body, such as an arm, leg, or breast. If you are experiencing, aching, burning, or phantom pain related to cancer, professional treatment will likely be necessary.
Treatment for Cancer-Related Pain
Treatment methods will vary depending on the root cause, symptoms, and severity of cancer-related pain. The good news is that cancer-related pain can be moderated or controlled in the vast majority of cases. If pain is mild to moderate, pain relievers (NSAIDs) like acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen can make a major difference. If pain is more severe, there are a number of steps that can be taken. More intense pain relievers can be used – narcotic pain relievers that will require a prescription (as opposed to over-the-counter medications like Tylenol). Other medications, such as anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and steroids may be utilized. If medications prove to be ineffective, or if the concerned individual would prefer to take an alternative route, there are other therapeutic treatments that may prove effective. These include physical therapy, biofeedback, relaxation techniques, and positive imagery.
How Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches Treats Cancer-Related Pain
Our first step is determining the cause of cancer-related pain, and developing an appropriate and comprehensive treatment plan for each individual patient. If pain is moderate, we will typically employ a combination of pain relievers and alternative therapies; if pain is more severe, we will develop a strategy involving less conservative treatment options. Cancer-related pain can be overwhelming – fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. We at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches are here to help.
If you are suffering from cancer-related pain, we can help. Call (561) 434-7577 and let the caring staff at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches get you on the path to healing.