Intractable cancer pain not amenable to standard oral or parenteral analgesics is a horrifying truth in 10 15 of patients interventional pain management techniques are an indispensable arsenal in pain physicians armamentarium for severe intractable pain and can be broadly classified into neuroablative and neuromodulation techniques. Interventional pain management patients suffering from cancer pain have unique sources of pain that cannot be treated with the usual pain management interventions most patient suffering from cancer related pain are only offered increasing doses of strong pain medications or complicated and dangerous devices such as implanted intrathecal pumps. Describe the basic tenets of pain management explain the different pharmacotherapeutic paradigms for decision making in the management of cancer pain summarize the available interventional anesthetic and neurosurgical strategies for cancer pain management. Sometimes interventional pain management techniques play a part in a multi disciplinary approach to relieve your pain and other symptoms these techniques may be used in conjunction with mental and emotional therapy and prescription medications for example
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