Opioid and non-opioid medications can be used to manage cancer pain. While these medications, which include narcotics, can provide effective relief, it’s often only for a short period of time. These medications can also cause serious side effects in some individuals. Others run the risk of becoming addicted to these pain medications. Fortunately, there are other treatment options for easing cancer pain.
Those who don’t want to rely on pain medications or those who have adverse reactions or severe side effects to pain medications have other forms of treatment available. These other types of treatments provide effective ways to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with cancer. Some might benefit from having surgery that involves cutting nerves responsible for sending pain signals to the brain, while others might benefit more from having a nerve block done. These injections help prevent pain signals from being relayed to the brain. Other options include epidural injections, spinal analgesia, and treatments that shrink tumors, such as radiofrequency ablation.
Dr. Adebayo works with each patient in order to determine which type of treatment or treatments offer the best chance at relieving cancer pain. Some patients respond better to medications, while others find that surgery is more effective. Dr. Adebayo helps patients come up with a treatment plan for dealing with cancer pain, which helps improve their quality of life overall. This can have important effects on the way patients handle other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, which can help improve their chance of successfully fighting this disease. If you’re experiencing cancer pain, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Adebayo at Arizona Pain Consultants. The practice is currently welcoming new patients.
At Arizona Pain Consultants, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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