Many people living with cancer experience some type of pain on varying levels. While some people are fortunate enough to only experience mild to moderate pain, many cancer patients deal with significant and debilitating pain throughout their treatment and healing process.
However, one of the most common myths related to cancer is that pain is inevitable. According to the American Cancer Society, pain management should always be part of your cancer treatment plan, and pain should never be accepted as a normal or unavoidable part of life after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer.
At Republic Spine and Pain, our pain management doctors and specialists offer personalized pain management and treatment plans at two convenient locations in Georgetown and Austin, Texas.
5 ways to treat cancer pain
Cancer can cause pain in many ways. Tumors can cause pain on their own or as a result of putting pressure on and compressing a nerve. Cancer treatments can also cause several side effects, including pain, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution that will work for everyone.
If you or a loved one are in treatment for cancer, it’s important to make a pain management plan because it should never be accepted as a normal part of life, especially when you’re dealing with cancer.
We offer five ways to treat cancer pain at Republic Spine and Pain, along with several others, including:
- Nerve blocks
- Spinal cord stimulator
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Medication management
- Spinal injections
Cancer treatment and the side effects of treatment are complex and unique to each person, so our pain specialists will design a targeted pain management plan specifically for your needs.
What you can do to manage your cancer pain during treatment
In addition to getting professional help in dealing with your cancer pain, the American Cancer Society and health professionals recommend taking a proactive approach to your pain management and recovery, including:
- Stay as active as possible (ask our medical team for guidance)
- Keep track of your pain and other symptoms
- Don’t wait until your pain becomes unbearable to get help
- Eat a healthy diet
- Practice relaxation techniques to manage stress and anxiety
- Get emotional and mental health support
Again, everyone’s pain levels and response to pain medicine and treatment are different. Our interventional pain management team is here to help you find the cancer pain plan that works best for you.
For more information about your treatment options for cancer and other forms of pain, contact Republic Spine and Pain today to schedule an appointment at one of our two locations in Georgetown or Austin, Texas.