Pain Management for Cancer
Many people with cancer fear that the pain associated with their illness will not be controlled. Almost all people 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 or for those admitted to the hospital. The type of cancer and its location will determine the best method of reducing the 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. They 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 as well for the best possible outcomes.
Medical Treatment of Pain
Patients meet with Steven Bennett, DO, a board-certified pain management and palliative care physician.
At Greenwich Pain Consulting Services, located in the main hospital, Dr. Bennett develops, monitors, and modifies the medication regimen. Patients and families are well educated about the safe use of pain medications. A physician referral is required.
Interventional Pain Procedures
Our specialists at Greenwich Hospital’s Sackler Center for Pain Management are available to care for patients admitted to the hospital, or on an outpatient basis . A physician referral is required.
Julie Huang, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain management with a particular focus on treating and managing pain associated with cancer. Dr. Huang is leading the development of the Cancer Pain Management program within the Sackler Center.
Christian Whitney, DO, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist.
Procedures that reduce pain include temporary and permanent nerve blocks, implanted infusion pumps, spinal cord stimulators and others. In some situations these techniques will enable patients to lower their pain medications.