Regional anesthesia techniques in cancer pain management
Livija Šakić, Miroslav Župčić, Ivan Šklebar, Tatjana Šimurina, Kata Šakić Zdravčević
Pharmacological therapy is the mainstay of treating cancer pain, but other strategies can also be integrated during the course of the disease. Control of pain can be achieved by regional anesthesia techniques using chronically implanted catheters providing interruption of nociceptive pathways responsible for pain transmission to the central nervous system. Placing catheters at different sites for administration of analgesics in patients with intractable (neuropathic) cancer pain provides adequate pain relief and has to be proposed before considering more destructive techniques. The aim of this review article is cancer pain management by using regional invasive techniques.