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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Types of Pain and Problems

Cancer/Visceral/Abdominal Pain

Some patients who are diagnosed with cancer may suffer from pain. Cancer pain is dependent on several factors, such as:

  • the location of the cancer;
  • how advanced the cancer is;
  • the treatment being given.

If the source of the pain cannot be removed (i.e. tumors) there are other methods to treat the pain. Most often, oral medications are used. Depending on the severity of the pain, your health care provider may prescribe medications to help alleviate your pain. Analgesic medications such as Tylenol or NSAIDS like Advil or Motrin may help in some cases. However, patients who experience severe pain may find relief when taking opioids such as methadone, oxycodone or fentanyl. Some patients find nerve blocks helpful. Nerve blocks are the injection of a local anesthetic, into or around the nerve. Other patients find relief with acupuncture, massage and relaxation such as mediation.