Thousands people die of cancer in the United States every day. Cancer is also the second leading cause of death in the world. It can affect both men and women of different ages. When screened early enough, cancer can be managed by certain treatments.
Unfortunately, not all types of cancers are detected in a timely manner. This leaves cancer patients feeling hopeless and desperate for pain relief. Cancer Pain Management is a conservative medication treatment to help manage the chronic pain that cancer sufferers live with.
Newer methods of technology have established a safe medication regimen to help manage cancer pain. For patients that are living with this pain, medication management can help relieve your chronic symptoms. This treatment is established through a pain medicine pump known as an intrathecal drug delivery pump. This delivers medication through a catheter around and into the spinal cord area. This pump is surgically placed beneath the skin of the abdomen and is left in place semi-permanently. The intrathecal pump can provide you powerful relief if you have chronic pain caused by tumors compressing the spine, or scarring from previous chemotherapy treatments.
Prior to a permanent implant, a trial pump is administered to determine how much the device will decrease your pain. During the trial, the patient will receive a dose of medicine through a pathway in the specific area that the intrathecal pump will be placed.
Your physician will gather information to determine what medication and location works best for you. The duration of the trial period may vary with each patient. At the Spine Care Center, our specialized medical team is experienced with this treatment, and can provide you meaningful relief. This procedure is effectively performed in the comfort of our office in Virginia.