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Cancer Pain

Cancer Pain

How common is cancer pain?

Cancer pain is common in cancer patients occurring in up to 90% of patients. Approximately 30% to 50% of cancer patients experience pain while undergoing treatment. Pain is one of the most feared symptoms when patients are diagnosed with cancer. With specialized treatment and care, more than 90% of all cancer pain can be well managed. This can dramatically improve the patient’s quality of life.


What are the causes of pain in cancer patients?

The two most common causes of cancer pain are the cancer itself and the treatments received to treat cancer.

When cancer itself causes pain, probable causes include the pressure of a tumour on one of the body’s organs, bones or nerves, and obstruction of blood vessels by the tumour.


Treatment options at the Pain Management Centre

Medications are the cornerstone of cancer pain treatment. Depending on your condition, our specialists at the Pain Management Centre may prescribe various combinations of medications such as paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and/or opioid medications. Additional treatment may include other medications to treat related nerve and bone pain resulting from the cancer or its treatment.

For severe cancer pain uncontrolled by medications, specialized advanced treatment procedures may be used in suitable patients. These include:

  1. Nerve blocks, involving the injection of anaesthetic medication into affected areas
  2. Spinal infusion of drugs, providing long-term pain control

There will be extensive discussions with the patient and family prior to the procedures.

Chronic cancer pain often causes patients significant distress and in severe cases, depression. At the Pain Management Centre, you will also benefit from having a psychologist involved in your care.

Referrals may also be made to the highly specialized team of Palliative Care physicians and surgeons to provide holistic care to the patients.

Different types of nerve block including Coeliac Plexus block, practiced in our Pain management center by our pain physicians/doctors practiced in APIC.


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