Pain Management for Cancer
Many people with cancer fear that the pain associated with their illness will not be controlled. Almost all cancer patients are able to have their pain controlled with medication, interventional pain procedures, or both.
Greenwich Hospital’s pain physicians provide evaluations on an outpatient basis and for those admitted to the hospital. A physician referral is required. The type of cancer and its location will determine the best method of reducing pain. Patients may also experience pain from some of the cancer treatment they receive. Other treatments for cancer, such as radiation, may reduce pain dramatically.
A Range of Treatment Options
Our pain physicians understand that each person is unique in their ability to cope with pain and maintain their level of function. We work closely with patients to produce a plan that is flexible and efficient. Difficulties with fatigue, mood and sleep may also influence pain and the ability to tolerate it. These symptoms are addressed for the best possible outcomes.
Medical Treatment of Pain
Greenwich Pain Consulting Services treats patients undergoing current treatment or are in remission and facing side effects from past treatment. Patients seeking medical treatment for pain will meet with a physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine and an APRN who helps with medication management.
The care team develops, monitors, and modifies the medication regimen for patients with chronic pain. Medications to relieve pain include medical marijuana. Patients and families are provided education about the safe use of pain medications. A physician referral is required.
Interventional Pain Procedures
Our specialists at Greenwich Hospital’s Center for Pain Management are available to care for patients admitted to the hospital or on an outpatient basis. A physician referral is required.
Procedures to reduce pain include alcohol nerve blocks for severe cancer pain that is unmanaged by medication, implanted infusion pumps, spinal cord stimulators and others. In some situations, these techniques enable patients to lower their pain medications.