Shamloo Elite Spine and Pain Institute
Ben Shamloo, MD FIPP
Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Los Angeles, CA & Studio City, CA
Pain is an unfortunate side effect of many types of cancer and cancer treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy. For effective relief from cancer pain, see Ben Shamloo, MD, FIPP, at Shamloo Elite Spine and Pain Institute. Located in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Dr. Shamloo and his team have extensive training and experience treating cancer pain with care and diligence. Find relief today by calling the office or scheduling a visit using the online tool.
Cancer Pain Q & A
What causes cancer pain?
In most cases, cancer pain is caused by a tumor compressing bones, nerves, or other tissues. If a tumor presses on a nerve or blood vessel, it can cause additional symptoms like numbness, tingling, and circulation issues.
In other cases, cancer pain is the result of the cancer treatment you’re getting. Dr. Shamloo treats all causes of cancer pain and works with you and your oncologist to ensure your pain relief plan is safe and provides the most benefit possible so you can feel comfortable during your treatment and day-to-day life.
How can I get relief from cancer pain?
Dr. Shamloo provides a variety of pain relief options for cancer pain, including pain caused by metastasized bone cancer, chemotherapy, radiation, and post-mastectomy surgery. Although cancer pain is common, that doesn’t mean it’s normal. Cancer pain is treatable and while it’s not always possible to relieve the pain completely, Dr. Shamloo and the team can help lower your pain levels, making your quality of life more enjoyable.
The best way to relieve cancer pain is to remove the source of the pain through surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. If that’s not possible or you’re experiencing pain during your treatment, Dr. Shamloo works with you and your oncologist to identify safe pain-relief options.
Common pain-relief options include over-the-counter medications, antidepressants, and opioid medications. If you’ve tried these medications without success or don’t want to take additional medications, Dr. Shamloo offers injections for pain relief. Nerve blocks are often used for difficult-to-treat cancer pain or pain caused by chemotherapy or radiation.
How do nerve blocks relieve cancer pain?
Nerve blocks contain anesthetic medicines that numb the treatment area and block pain signals from reaching the brain. As a fellowship-trained anesthesiologist, Dr. Shamloo has extensive training and experience performing nerve block procedures that are precise and effective.
The procedures are performed in the office as an outpatient treatment and you can return home the same day. In many cases, nerve blocks begin relieving pain as soon as they’re administered. They also last longer than other medications that are taken orally, so you don’t need as many treatments.
To discuss pain relief options for your cancer pain, call Shamloo Elite Spine and Pain Institute or schedule a consultation online now.