Cancer and pain don’t always go hand-in-hand, but if you’re experiencing pain with your cancer, there are treatments available to lessen your pain and improve your quality of life. Metro Denver Pain Management (MD Pain), with an office in Denver, Colorado, specializes in the management of cancer pain and provides you with the most effective treatment. To learn more, call today or use the online booking button to schedule a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not everyone with cancer develops pain from it. The amount of pain you experience depends on the type of cancer you have, the stage, and how well you tolerate pain. Advanced cancer usually causes pain.
You may also experience pain from testing or treatment for your cancer.
Cancer pain is broken down into specific types to help target treatment.
- Acute Pain: Acute pain may be severe, but it lasts only a short period of time. An injury is usually the cause of acute pain for a cancer patient.
- Chronic Pain: Chronic pain lasts longer than three months and can be mild to severe. Chronic pain is a disease that doesn’t usually resolve, but it can be managed with medication.
- Breakthrough Pain: Breakthrough pain is usually associated with chronic pain and causes an increase in your pain level beyond what you normally feel. It may be brought on by an activity or your cancer treatment, or have no known cause at all.
The pain experts at Metro Denver Pain Management (MD Pain) can develop an individualized treatment plan to provide relief from your pain.
- Oral Medication: Oral pain medication comes in many forms, including pills, dissolvable lozenges, and liquids. Your pain medicine physician works with you to find the one you tolerate the best.
- Pain Patch: A pain patch is applied to your skin and delivers a steady stream of medication over 2-3 days.
- Injections: If needed, your pain medicine specialist may provide an injection of pain medication, which can go directly into the muscle or through an intravenous needle. The pain specialists at Metro Denver Pain Management (MD Pain) also provide epidural injections, which deliver medication into the epidural space of your spinal cord.
- Pain Pump: With a pain pump, you control the amount of medicine you get. When you feel pain, you push a button and medicine is delivered directly into your vein or epidural space through a needle in your skin.