Cancer Pain (cont.)

How Else Can Cancer Pain Be Treated?

Although cancer pain is usually treated with medicine, surgery to remove a tumor or radiation therapy to shrink a tumor can be used along with medicine to provide additional pain relief. In most cases, doctors treat cancer pain with pain-relief medicines called analgesics or with non-drug treatments such as physical therapy and rehabilitation, imagery, biofeedback and relaxation techniques. Other treatment options for cancer patients include nerve blocks , which involve the injection of pain medicine into or around a nerve or the spine; and neurosurgery, a procedure in which pain nerves are cut to alleviate pain.

Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Neuroscience Center.

Edited by Charlotte E. Grayson, MD, WebMD, June 2004.

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