Managing pain is a priority during cancer treatment. The experienced pain management team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) cares for you throughout your treatment to ensure that you are comfortable.
We use a variety of modalities to treat and control pain, including:
- Prescription medications
- Implanted pain pumps
- Nerve block therapies
- Physical therapy
- Acupuncture and auriculotherapy
- Massage therapy
- Relaxation technique and guided imagery
- Chiropractic treatment
A team approach
The pain management team is fully integrated with your oncologist and other members of your team. In addition to medication, your pain management regimen may include one or more of our integrative oncology services. Some examples include:
- Naturopathic medicine uses natural therapies to help you combat pain, as well as reduce any additional side effects that may accompany your cancer treatment.
- Oncology rehabilitation plays a key role in pain management by using a variety of physical therapy and other techniques to improve mobility and trigger the release of endorphins, which are the immune system’s natural defense against pain.
- Mind-body medicine can provide relaxation tools to help you manage pain, and to reduce the anxiety and fatigue related to cancer or cancer treatment.
For patients staying at the hospital, “Comfort Rounds” are conducted twice weekly. During these visits, pain management practitioners thoroughly evaluate your current pain level and how your treatment approach is working, and make any necessary modifications to your treatment plan.
The pain management team at Southeastern
The pain management team at Southeastern is led by Dr. Nathan Neufeld, Medical Director of Pain Services, and staffed by dedicated pain management practitioners, anesthesiologists and oncology-certified pain management nurses. The team consults daily with the rest of your care team to balance pain medications with supportive care options, such as nutrition therapy, mind-body medicine and oncology rehabilitation.
Our pain management program at Southeastern was named a “2016 Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management” by the American Pain Society (APS). This annual award recognizes pain care teams that “overcome difficult challenges to provide outstanding, exemplary care for those with chronic pain disorders, acute pain after surgery, or trauma and in palliative care settings for pain from cancer and other terminal conditions.”
According to the APS, the Clinical Center of Excellence award criteria also include:
- Providing care that is patient-centered, state-of –the-art, evidence-based and safe
- Acting as local champions to improve pain management systems of care that are related to the program, and are regional or national
- Demonstrating innovation and serving as models of excellence in the structure, processes and outcomes that are critical for excellence in pain management