Pain Management for Breast Cancer

Dr. Qu and Dr. Kelly wearing Pink Ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness at PennPain.comBreast Cancer Awareness month during the month of October is an ideal time to discuss pain associated with breast cancer and the treatment options available for a more comfortable well-being.  Pennsylvania Pain and Spine Institute is here for patients to help them manage their discomfort at a difficult time when medical protocol and chemotherapy can be very demanding and stressful.   

  As someone with breast cancer or as a care-giver for a loved one who does, it is important to learn about and understand the options available.  Understanding your healthcare options and implementing the most beneficial alternatives helps to foster both a physical and mental fortitude for the best medical outcome.  At Pennsylvania Spine and Pain, we hope to help alleviate your pain as best we can on your journey to recovery.

There are a wide variety of treatment options available to treat mild to moderate pain associated with breast cancer.  Pain associated with breast cancer is often attributed to two main causes; pain associated with the tumor itself and pain associated with the spread of breast cancer to other areas of the body. For example, breast cancer that has metastasized to the bone may cause back pain, hip pain or pain in other bones within the body. Breast cancer that has spread to the vertebrae of the spine may cause weakness in one or both legs due to the compression of the spinal column. A dull back pain that is persistent may be an indicator of cancer that has metastasized to the kidneys. Pain can also be from surgeries for breast cancer, including post-mastectomy pain or chest wall pain.

Traditionally, opiates have been the center of treatment for pain, but with new technical advances, Pennsylvania Pain & Spine is able to offer advanced procedures to fix the pain without the use of opiates. This includes the use of various nerve blocks that target the painful area, to minimally invasive implantable devices to block pain, as well as infusions to help with pain. 

The most important aspect of treatment for breast cancer related pain is that there is a solution, and the Pennsylvania Pain & Spine Institute is here to offer new and effective ones custom tailored for you. 

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