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Cancer Pain

Cancer Pains

Patients with a cancer diagnosis may experience moderate to severe pain resulting from the sudden release of inflammatory chemicals, or as a result of tumor invasion into healthy tissue. There may also be pain associated with radiation, chemotherapy, or surgical treatment of cancer. Patients with cancer often receive opioids, sometimes at high doses. Cancer patients on high-dose oral or transdermal therapies may benefit from intrathecal (spinal) delivery of opioids to help prevent or lessen associated side effects such as cognitive difficulties, hormone imbalance, constipation, etc. Neuropathic pain secondary to cancer or its treatment may benefit from medications and treatments described in the section on nerve pain.  


For more information about these procedures, you may also visit the Washington University Pain Center Video Library