Pain Management

Cancer patients have to contend with many fears. These include not only the fear of death, but also the suffering of severe pain. To relieve pain is one of the most important tasks for a physician. Our goal is to create an individualized therapy concept for each patient.

Therapeutic Focus

The therapeutic focus here is mostly on drug therapy in combination with osteopathy, acupuncture, Reiki, cranio-sacral therapy and massage.

The oral drug therapy is based on the “Pain Relief Ladder” of the World Health Organization (WHO) with non-opioid and opioid analgesics. Standard non-opioid analgesics (painkillers) are acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and diclofenac. Mainstay treatment of moderate or severe cancer pain are morphines and morphine-like analgesics. Here we put special attention to new, low side effect drugs, like Palladon, Targin, etc.

In Pain Management, drugs also used that not originally developed to reduce pain. Examples are antidepressants, antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, and corticosteroids. For instance, anticonvulsants indicated to treat the so-called burning or neuropathic pain. Corticosteroids reduce swelling and thus the pressure on the nerve tissue. So they indirectly relieve the pain.

In our hospital, we can control almost every pain. However, the patient can assist in this as well with the help of various relaxation techniques such as Reiki, meditation, and muscle relaxation. Patients often report that the analgesic effect of these sessions can last for a few days. Targeted acupuncture treatments, neural therapy, massages, osteopathy, and Cranio-sacral therapy round out our pain management program.

Complementary Therapies at St. George Hospital:

St. George Hospital provides a plethora of therapies that are complementary to their patients. These include but are not limited to detoxification therapy, hormone therapy, immune therapy, physical therapy, and more. Read on below for a full list:

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