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Orlando Cancer Pain Specialists

Orlando Cancer Pain Specialists | Pain Doctors

Cancer Pain services offered in Clermont, FL


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Cancer is a distressing diagnosis to receive, and a difficult condition to live with. If you or a loved one are suffering from cancer-related pain, anesthesiologists and interventional pain medicine specialists Todd W. Mautner, DO, and Sameer K. Goel, MD, DABA, at Sunshine Interventional Pain and Wellness Center can help. They specialize in treating cancer pain with minimally and non-invasive therapies such as medications, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, chemical neurolysis, peripheral nerve stimulation, and ketamine infusions.

Telehealth visits are available throughout the state of Florida, and our offices are located near Orlando, FL. Serving Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Casselberry, Celebration, Clermont, Davenport, Doctor Philips, Gotha, Horizon West, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista, Lake Mary, Leesburg, Longwood, Maitland, Montverde, Mount Dora, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Oviedo, Saint Cloud, Sanford, Sorrento, Tavares, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, Winter Springs, and the surrounding areas.

If you or a loved one are suffering from pain and need cancer care near Orlando, FL, call 689-407-8647 or schedule an appointment online today. We offer comprehensive treatment care plans designed to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Orlando Cancer Pain Specialists Q & A

Orlando Cancer Pain Management Specialists

Sunshine Interventional Pain and Wellness Center is a team that includes board-certified pain specialists with advanced training in cancer pain relief. Our goal is to help patients manage their pain so they can live their lives to the fullest. We offer a variety of services, including medication management, nerve blocks, minimally invasive procedures, and ketamine therapy. We also provide education and support to patients and their families so they can better understand their health condition and better cope with pain. Our compassionate and experienced team is dedicated to providing individualized care for each patient. If you or a loved one are dealing with cancer pain, we encourage you to read the information below and call 689-407-8647 to schedule a pain management consultation today.

What is Cancer Pain?

Pain affects many people with cancer, particularly when it reaches an advanced stage. Cancers develop when cells in your body change, mutating so they multiply rapidly and don’t have the limited lifespan of a healthy cell. The result is masses or tumors that grow in or on your organs and tissues.

Some people have little or even no pain with cancer, while others have moderate or severe pain. Cancer pain can be extreme in some instances and challenging to manage. The team at Sunshine Interventional Pain and Wellness Center specializes in helping patients control their pain, even when it becomes severe. 

What Causes Cancer Pain?

Cancer pain is often due to the tumor(s) pressing on nearby organs, nerves, or bones. As the mass gets bigger, the pressure on the affected tissues worsens, increasing your pain.

Cancer treatments can also cause pain. You might need to undergo chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both during your treatment. These therapies are often crucial to recovery, but they can cause additional pain.

Many people need surgery to remove tumors, which results in post-operative pain. You can also develop peripheral neuropathy - pain from nerves damaged by your treatment.

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Cancer Pain Management

Although it can be severe, cancer pain is treatable. Most patients with cancer pain find effective relief, provided they have the right cancer pain management plan in place.

The Sunshine Interventional Pain and Wellness Center team will communicate with your oncologist to optimize your care. Your treatment plan will likely include interventional procedures, medication management, and complementary therapies.

Your provider will create a personalized cancer pain management care plan for you. Your plan may contain one or more of the following:

Chemical Neurolysis

Cancer pain is a significant problem for many patients, and various treatment options are available. One option is chemical neurolysis, which involves injecting a chemical solution around the nerves that are causing pain. This solution can be effective in reducing or eliminating cancer pain, and the effects usually last for 3-6 months. The injections can be repeated as necessary.

Ketamine Infusions

Cancer pain can be debilitating, making it difficult for patients to enjoy their lives and perform everyday activities. While there are many different medications available to treat cancer pain, ketamine infusions have shown promise in providing relief. Ketamine is a medication typically used for anesthesia, but in lower doses, it is effective in treating cancer-related pain. When administered intravenously, ketamine acts on the nervous system to block pain signals from being sent to the brain. In addition, ketamine has been shown to improve mood and reduce anxiety, which can also help to alleviate cancer pain. Ketamine infusions offer a promising new treatment option for cancer patients struggling with pain, depression, and anxiety.

Low-Dose Antidepressants

Low-dose antidepressants are sometimes used to treat cancer pain, although they are not as effective as other pain medications. Antidepressants work by inhibiting the reuptake of certain neurotransmitters, including serotonin and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters are thought to play a role in pain modulation. By inhibiting their reuptake, antidepressants increase their levels in the brain and spinal cord, which can help to reduce pain. Low-dose antidepressants may be used alone or in combination with other pain medications. They generally have fewer side effects than higher doses of antidepressants, making them a good option for people who cannot tolerate other pain medications.

Nerve Block Injections

Nerve block injections are a type of cancer pain management. They work by blocking the nerves that send pain signals to the spine and brain. Nerve block injections can be used to treat all types of cancer pain, including palliative care and hospice care. Pain can be caused by cancer itself, by the side effects of cancer treatments, or by a combination of both. Nerve block injections can be an effective way to relieve cancer pain, but they are not right for everyone.

Neuropathic Pain Medicines

Cancer pain is a complex and debilitating condition that can significantly impact a patient's quality of life. While there are a variety of treatment options available, neuropathic pain medicine is often an effective option for managing cancer pain. Neuropathic pain medications work by targeting specific nerve pathways that are involved in the perception of pain. This can help to reduce the intensity of cancer pain and improve a patient's ability to cope with their condition. In addition, these medicines are often well-tolerated and have few side effects. As a result, it is often an appealing option for patients who are seeking relief from cancer pain.

Non-Opioid Medication

While opioids are commonly used for cancer pain, they come with a host of potential side effects, including sedation, constipation, and respiratory depression. In some cases, opioids may also be ineffective at managing pain. As a result, patients may require alternative medications. Several non-opioid medications are effective at treating cancer pain, including NSAIDs, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medications. NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and fluoxetine, are often used to treat nerve pain. They can also help to improve sleep and improve mood. Anti-anxiety medications, such as lorazepam and diazepam, can help to relieve anxiety and muscle spasms. These medications may be used alone or in combination to manage cancer pain.

Opioid Medication

While there are many treatment options available, opioids are often considered the gold standard for managing cancer pain. Opioids work by binding to receptors in the brain and spine, which helps to block pain signals. While opioids are generally effective at managing cancer pain, they do come with some risks. The most common side effects include constipation, nausea, and drowsiness. In some cases, opioids can also cause respiratory depression, which can be life-threatening. However, when used properly, opioids can be an important tool for managing cancer pain and improving quality of life.

Pain Counseling

While cancer pain can be debilitating, there are many ways to manage it. Pain counseling is one approach that can help cancer patients cope with their pain. This involves working with a counselor to identify the source of the pain and develop strategies for managing it. Patients may also learn relaxation techniques and other methods for dealing with pain. In addition, counselors can provide support and guidance to help patients through this difficult time. While cancer pain can be challenging, pain counseling can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by it.

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Cancer pain can be caused by several factors, including the tumor itself, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Treatment options for cancer pain include medication, nerve blocks, and spinal cord stimulation. Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a newer treatment option that is showing promise in reducing cancer pain.

PNS involves the placement of small electrodes near the affected nerves. The electrodes deliver electrical impulses that help to block pain signals from reaching the brain. PNS is effective in reducing both acute and chronic pain. It is typically used when other treatments have failed to provide relief. PNS is generally safe and well-tolerated, with few side effects.

If you are experiencing cancer pain, talk to your doctor about all of your treatment options, including PNS. With proper treatment, it is possible to effectively manage cancer pain and improve your quality of life.

Physical Therapy

Addressing cancer pain often requires a multidisciplinary approach. Physical therapy is one potential treatment that can help to reduce cancer pain. Physical therapists can work with patients to develop targeted exercises and stretches that help to relieve pain and improve their range of motion. In addition, physical therapy can help to address issues such as lymphedema, which can be a common side effect of cancer treatment. By working with a physical therapist, cancer patients can develop an individualized care plan to help manage pain and improve their quality of life.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to destroy nerves that transmit pain signals. RFA is typically used to treat pain that originates from structures in the abdomen or pelvis. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, and it does not require hospitalization. In some cases, RFA can also be used to treat pain that is caused by other conditions, such as nerve damage. The risks associated with RFA are typically minor, and the procedure is generally well tolerated by most patients. RFA is an effective treatment for cancer pain, and it can provide relief for patients who have not responded to other treatments.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a treatment option for certain types of chronic pain. It involves the placement of a small device near the spinal cord to deliver electrical impulses that interfere with pain signals. SCS is usually only considered after other treatments, such as medication and physical therapy, have failed to provide relief. Some research suggests that SCS may be effective in reducing cancer-related pain. SCS is generally safe, but there are some risks associated with the procedure. These include infection, bleeding, and nerve damage.

Steroids

While there are a variety of treatments available, some patients do not respond well to traditional pain medicines. In some cases, steroids may be used to help relieve cancer pain. Steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that can help to reduce swelling and inflammation. This can in turn help to ease pain and improve mobility. Steroids may be taken orally, injected, or applied topically. Common side effects of steroids include weight gain, digestive problems, and mood swings. Steroids should only be used under the guidance of a qualified medical professional.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is an alternative treatment that has shown promise in reducing cancer pain.

TENS works by delivering small electrical stimuli to the skin, which then travels to the nerves and modulates pain signals. Clinical studies have shown that TENS is effective in reducing both acute and chronic pain, as well as cancer-related pain. In addition, TENS is non-invasive and has few side effects, making it an attractive option for patients who are seeking relief from cancer pain.

Cancer pain is a complex problem that can be difficult to manage. However, thanks to advances in healthcare and our advanced training, there are many treatment options available for pain relief. If you or a loved one are experiencing cancer pain and need care near Orlando, FL, call 689-407-8647 or book an appointment online today. Our team of experts will work with you to develop the best treatment plan for your individual needs. Please note that we do not accept Medicaid insurance.

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Office Locations

Sunshine Interventional Pain & Wellness Center

297 E. Hwy. 50, Ste. 1, Clermont, FL 34711

M-F: 8 am - 5 pm

689-407-8647

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Advanced Neurospine Associates

825 E. Oak St., Kissimmee, FL 34744

M-F: 8 am - 5 pm

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Advanced Neurospine Associates

601 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807

M-F: 8 am - 5 pm

689-407-8647

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Advanced Neurospine Associates

3324 Commerce Ctr. Ln., Sebring, FL 33870

M-F: 8 am - 5 pm

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