Cancer doesn’t always equal pain, but if you have pain, there are many different medicinal and non-medicinal ways to treat it, depending on the type and severity. The pain can also be directly related to the cancer itself, or, as a secondary consequence, related to the cancer treatments. The amount of pain you may suffer is completely individual as it is determined by the type of cancer you have, its severity (what stage you are in), and your own personal threshold for pain. Because of this, your pain management plan will be just as individual as you are. Dr. Cardamone’s additional residency training exposure to Cancer Rehabilitation through New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has enabled her to offer unique approaches to musculoskeletal cancer pain. Some treatments for pain might include epidurals, biopuncture, topical or oral supplementation, Lyftogt Perineural Injection Treatment, Osteopathic Manipulation, or a specific referral to a certified lymphedema therapist, mindfulness mentor, psychotherapist, Reiki instructor, massage therapist, or acupuncturist.
Dr. Cardamone is co-author of the “Visceral Pain in Cancer” chapter in Cancer Rehabilitation Principles and Practice.