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Tony Brown, MD

Dr. Anthony Brown is a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist in Denver, CO

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November 8, 2018

Interventional Pain Treatment

More than 50% of all patients with cancer have at least moderate pain, in many cases pain is far more severe.

To treat this cancer related pain, patients are given limited options, with opiates being the mainstay of pain control. These pain medications do not always give the needed relief and the side effects, including constipation, drowsiness and dependency, can impair a patient’s quality of life.

If you do not achieve adequate pain control on medications or those medications cause side effects that are negatively impacting your life, and you can point to a specific site of pain, interventional pain management may be an option for you.

Techniques for interventional pain management vary, and depend on the type of cancer being treated. A few treatment options offered at RIA Endovascular include:

Nerve block, or nerve ablation, which either masks or removes the nerves ability to send pain signals, can be especially effective for painful tumors of the pelvis or GI tract. 

Some cancers in soft tissue of bone and can cause severe pain.  IR management may include using small needles to burn or freeze such tumors to treat pain.  
 
Injection of medical cement into tumors in weight bearing areas, such as the lower back, can give significant relief to those who suffer from pain, and this treatment can be performed simultaneously with nerve ablation. 

At RIA Endovascular we have the ability to offer options that will improve a well-being, without the negative side effects so often associated with opiate pain medications.

There are options for cancer pain management. To arrange a consultation and find out if interventional pain management may be right for you, please call RIA Endovascular 720.493.3406