Oncologic Related Pain
The majority of people with advanced cancer, and around three in five with cancer at any stage, will experience significant pain. While treating the cancer itself is vital, seeking pain relief is just as important. We can offer a range of pain relief options to keep you more comfortable during treatment.
What Is Oncologic Related Pain?
Oncologic related pain refers to the pain that experienced both with cancer and cancer treatments. A number of studies have indicated that many cancer patients are not treated adequately for pain. The reasons for this can involve cultural factors and fears of addiction to opioid medicine.
The management of pain is important on a number of levels. People who are suffering from excess pain may have a harder time fighting off infection. They may suffer from emotional distress and stress that can further impede their quality of life. Above all, there is no benefit to suffering needlessly from cancer related pain. By taking cancer pain seriously and addressing it properly, we can work toward better prognoses and better quality of life for our patients with cancer.
Symptoms of Oncologic Related Pain
A range of symptoms can be experienced as a result of cancer or as a side effect of cancer treatment. No two individuals have the same symptoms. They are affected by the type of cancer, its stage, and other factors.
In a large number of cases, the pain comes from the tumor itself. As tumors grow, they can press against nerves, organs and bones, leading to significant discomfort.
If cancer travels to the bones, significant bone pain can result. This type of pain is usually persistent, but may get worse when standing.
Chemotherapy radiation and surgery for cancer can also cause oncologic related pain. Neuropathy that causes pain, tingling, and numbness in the extremities is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Nausea, headaches, and other side effects are also common.
Diagnosis Oncologic Related Pain
Diagnosis begins with a detailed patient history and a physical examination. We'll discuss the history of your pain and its probable causes. During our physical examination, we will assess potential neurological issues that can contribute to pain.
Some types of pain associated with cancer, such as bone pain, can present symptoms that are similar to those of arthritis or other causes of lower back pain. Our diagnostic tests can help eliminate other potential causes of pain to ensure that you get the best treatment for your pain.
Treatments for Oncologic Related Pain
Pain associated with cancer can be managed through a range of treatments, depending on the pain location and severity. We will often use one or more treatments in conjunction for maximum pain relief. Treatments can include:
- Prescription pain medications - A range of medications are available that can provide pain relief.
- Nerve block therapies - Nerve blocks can prevent pain signals from traveling back and forth between nerves and the brain.
- Massage therapy - When muscle tension contributes to pain, massage can help relieve symptoms.
- Chiropractic - Adjustments can relieve pressure and help with pain relief.
- Physical therapy - Because flexibility has a large bearing on pain, our physical therapists can work with you to increase your strength and range of motion.
- Radiofrequency ablation.
Request a Consultation
We believe that it is important to properly address the pain that can be experienced as a result of cancer and cancer treatment. At Gulf Coast Pain Institute, we have a commitment to quality of life. We have healthcare professionals from a range of disciplines under one roof to provide you the customized care you need. Make an appointment today. We'll discuss your symptoms and the best options for managing your pain.