Chronic Pain

Cancer Pain

Although not all patients with cancer experience pain, cancer pain can result from the a tumor itself (for example when a tumor pushes on a nerve, bone, or organ), or as a side effect of treatment for the cancer (such as pain following surgery to remove a tumor).

Cancer Pain Treatment at Stanford

Clinical Neurosciences

The Clinical Neurosciences Department at Stanford sometimes is involved in treating patients with cancer-related pain. For example, when patients decided to opt for only palliative care (care designed to reduce pain rather than to achieve a cure) they sometimes have an intrathecal pump implanted to deliver pain medications.

In addition, if patients experience peripheral neuralgia as a side effect of their chemotherapy and if other medical treatments do not relieve the pain patients may undergo spinal cord stimulation.

The physicians in the Clinical Neurosciences Department are leaders in their field when it comes to implanting these pain-relieving devices.

Other Treatment Options at Stanford

If, as part of your pretreatment evaluation, we determine that you have not yet received less invasive treatments that may be helpful, we may refer you to the Stanford Pain Management Center which has experts in cancer pain management. In addition, the Pain Management Center may be involved in your follow up care.

By coming to Stanford for treatment, you will be assured that you have access to the best and most advanced treatment options available.

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