Recognized as a leading MD by Vegas Seven magazine, Dr. Daniel Batlan oversees patient care as the founding medical director of Specialized Pain Management (SPM) in Henderson, Nevada, a city near Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Daniel Batlan offers his patients a variety of treatment options for cancer pain and other painful conditions.
One out of every three patients undergoing cancer treatment experiences pain, and the percentage is higher among those with advanced disease. Some patients experience pain as a direct result of a tumor destroying, growing into, or putting pressure on nearby tissues or nerves, while other cancers release pain-causing chemicals into the body. The chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery that treats cancer may also cause pain.
For approximately 90 percent of cancer patients, a medication regimen can help control pain. Non-opioid, over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen may ease mild or moderate pain. Opioids for more serious pain are available by prescription, while other specialized medications can address pain with a specific cause or character.
Cancer pain may also respond to alternative treatments, such as relaxation exercises, positive imagery, and hypnosis. Many respond to biofeedback techniques, which help patients learn to control otherwise involuntary processes such as blood pressure and pain levels. Some patients undergo transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, which uses a mild electrical signal at the location of the pain to interfere with the pain signals, while other patients may prefer massage or heat therapy as localized options.