Thousands of 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 effectively by certain treatments.
Unfortunately, not every form of cancer is detected in a timely manner, and this leaves many cancer patients feeling hopeless and desperate for pain relief. Cancer pain management is a conservative medication treatment that is intended to help manage the chronic pain that cancer patients often experience.
Cutting-edge research has established a safe medication regimen that can help patients manage the pain caused by cancer. For patients who are living with this pain, medication management can help relieve your chronic symptoms. This treatment is established through a pain medicine pump, which is also known as an intrathecal drug delivery pump. This device delivers medication through a catheter around and into the area near the spinal cord. This pump is surgically placed beneath the skin of the abdomen and is left in place semi-permanently. The intrathecal pump can provide you with 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, you will receive a dose of medicine through a pathway in the specific area in which the intrathecal pump will be placed.
Your physician will gather information to determine which medication and location will be best for you. The duration of the trial period may vary with each patient. At The Spine Care Center, our specialized medical team is thoroughly experienced with this treatment and will work to provide you with meaningful relief. This procedure is performed in the comfort of our office in Manassas. Please get in touch with us to learn more.