Health Essential - Enter a pain management specialist. He teamed up with the man’s oncologist and palliative care specialist. A small pump was implanted near the man’s spinal cord. It sent out much smaller doses of anesthetic and opioid medication— where and when needed.
“The patient’s improvement was remarkable,” recalls Shrif Costandi, MD. “Pinpointing the source of pain and delivering drugs only to that site was far more effective.”
The intrathecal pump, along with two other techniques that specifically target the sources of cancer pain, bring hope to patients and families. “These tools can greatly improve a cancer patient’s quality of life and help to wean them off opioids, especially if they are experiencing severe side effects,” he says. Over time, cancer can spread to bones, compress nerves or the spinal cord, or put pressure on organs, causing pain. In addition, treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy can sometimes lead to severe nerve (neuropathic) pain. Opioid medications are not always effective...>>>