The quality of life issues a cancer patient faces are often complex. After surgeries and other treatments, patients may experience pain along with various other cancer-related side effects. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Chicago, a team of pain management physicians is dedicated to helping patients address these and other needs.
At our hospital, located in Zion, Illinois, pain management physicians lead the efforts to treat cancer-related pain, in consultation with your oncology team, to help improve your quality of life. Our pain management doctors work closely with patients to tailor treatment options to meet the needs of each individual, using implanted pain pumps, nerve block therapies and prescription medications when appropriate. These physicians work closely with your care team to combine pain management with other integrative oncology services, including naturopathic medicine, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine. Our pain management practitioners conduct twice weekly comfort rounds, visiting patients admitted for treatment. These visits allow our pain management physicians to gauge each patient’s pain level and make modifications to the treatment plan as needed.
Leading the pain management team at our hospital in Suburban Chicago is Dr. Raed Rahman, Medical Director of Pain Management and Interventional Pain Medicine Physician. Dr. Rahman is board certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine, hospice and palliative medicine. He is dedicated to bringing relief to patients, especially those with acute or chronic pain, so they can lead a more active life. Like other pain management physicians at our Chicago hospital, Dr. Rahman has performed numerous interventional pain management procedures, including implanting peripheral and spinal cord nerve stimulators and offering kyphoplasty, which surgically fills a damaged or collapsed vertebra. Other options include nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablative procedures and pain pumps, known in the medical community as implanted infusion devices.