Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) September 21, 2011
In the wake of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' announcement regarding his resignation due to pancreatic cancer, the news has been alive with stories on cancer and cancer treatments. However, a large gap in cancer treatment is often the pain that accompanies different cancers. Because cancer pain is often undertreated, the pain management experts at The Pain Center of Arizona are dedicated to helping those with cancer pain live as comfortably and with as little pain as possible.
Many cancer patients feel uncomfortable talking to their physician about pain relief. Some feel as though they may be "bothering" their physician; some may feel that admitting to pain means their cancer is getting worse. Because of this, cancer pain often will go untreated.
Cancer pain can be due to multiple contributing factors and may not be directly caused by the cancer itself. Cancer treatments including radiation and chemotherapy can often result in severe pain. The way that cancer destroys the tissue can also cause pain, as can tumors putting pressure on nerves, bones and organs.
The pain management specialists at The Pain Center of Arizona generally will begin treating cancer pain with a conservative approach. Typically, over the counter medications including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, are used first. If NSAIDs don't offer significant pain relief, prescription medications may be the next step. A prescription of morphine, fentanyl (both in pill and patch form) and oxycodone may offer enough pain relief to allow the cancer patient to experience increased functionality.
In addition to medications, the pain management physicians at The Pain Center of Arizona may recommend injections, like nerve blocks, or alternative therapies to alleviate cancer pain. Nerve blocks can reduce nerve irritation after surgery or due directly to cancer. Studies have also shown acupuncture, massage and meditation to be beneficial in the alleviation of pain due to cancer. One of the main benefits of injections and alternative therapies is that they do not have the side effects that may accompany other treatments.
The medical team at The Pain Center of Arizona is also experienced in advanced techniques for the treatment of cancer pain. A pain pump may be an option for many cancer patients. This pump is surgically implanted and delivers medication directly to the spinal fluid, which allows the medication to be delivered consistently and take effect quickly. Pain pumps have been shown to cause fewer side effects than oral pain medication in addition to significantly improving a cancer patient's quality of life. The pain management physicians and medical staff at The Pain Center of Arizona have seen remarkable results with the use of an implantable pain pump.
Though cancer pain is often untreated or undertreated, the medical providers at The Pain Center of Arizona do not see cancer pain as inconsequential and aim to improve mobility and quality of life for their patients. Cancer patients should be aware that there are treatments for their pain, and The Pain Center of Arizona is on the cutting edge of treating cancer pain. Most importantly, The Pain Center of Arizona is dedicated to helping their patients get back into life.
The Pain Center of Arizona was founded by Dr. Steven Siwek and is a multi-disciplinary pain clinic with locations throughout Arizona. The Pain Center of Arizona physicians are experts in the field of pain management, and have been trained at the top institutions in the country. Above all, The Pain Center of Arizona is dedicated to helping their patients get back into life.