Neurosurgical options in cancer pain management

  • Robert E. Harbaugh
  • Richard L. Saunders
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 30)


For the great majority of patients with cancer, pain can be managed without neurosurgical intervention. However, for those patients for whom other therapy is unsuccessful, neurosurgery offers a wide array of procedures for decreasing or eliminating pain and suffering. This chapter presents a brief review of the neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of pain transmission. Neurosurgical options for cancer pain management are discussed with regard to indications, expected results and complications. This chapter is not meant to be an exhaustive review, but rather, a useful reference for the range of neurosurgical procedures available for the patient with cancer pain.


Cancer Pain Neurosurgical Procedure Cancer Pain Management Poor Wound Healing Dorsal Root Entry Zone 
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  • Robert E. Harbaugh
  • Richard L. Saunders

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