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– Chris Akin, Las Vegas
Many of those diagnosed with cancer experience pain. Typically one out of three people undergoing cancer treatment experiences cancer pain. Advanced cancer can cause pain either from the cancer itself or from the treatments used to bring about control of the cancer. The pain can range anywhere from mild to severe. It can be intermittent or constant. It may vary in nature including dull, achy, throbbing or sharp.
“The spinal infusion pump is typically extremely effective in reducing cancer pain even when oral medications are ineffective.”
Cancer Pain Medication
Below are a few of the medications that can be used to treat cancer pain. These are typically taken by mouth, but some are available in patches worn on the skin. The medication can also be delivered intravenously.
- over-the-counter medications
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- opiate medications including Ultram and Codeinestrong
- opiate medications including Morphine, Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, Fentanyl, Oxymorphone, Methadone, Hydrocodone.
Additional Pain Treatments
Other treatments are available including topical medications such as pain creams orinjection therapy that blocks the pain signals. There is also physical therapy, massage therapy,spinal cord stimulation and spinal infusion pump therapy. Spinal cord stimulation delivers electrical signals to the spinal cord to interrupt the pain signals that are coming from the periphery of the body. Spinal infusion pumps deliver opiates or narcotic medications into the spinal fluid and are a hundred to three hundred times as potent as if taken by mouth.