This book focuses on the features of pelvic pain in the different cancer diseases, the pain assessment tools, as well as the pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. Pelvic cancer pain is a common and debilitating symptom, and pain control is a one among the main therapeutic goals throughout the duration of the disease. Because pelvic cancer pain due to primitive cancer, recurrence or metastasis is a complex clinical pathology, no single technique is often guaranteed to produce a complete pain relief. Thus, there are many treatment options, but in most cases a correct approach to pain control should be provided by a multidisciplinary team under the responsibility of a pain specialist coordinating several professionals. This book will aid several figures of practitioners, like anesthesiologists, oncologists or surgeons, in making the correct decisions in individual patients affected by cancer pain due to pelvic diseases.
Part 1. Features and Assessment.- 1. General Features of Pelvic Cancer Pain.- 2. Pelvic Pain in the Different Cancer Diseases.- 3. Pain Syndromes Associated with Cancer Therapy.- 4. Pain Assessment.- Part 2. Treatments.- 5. Pharmacological Approaches.- 6. Palliative Radiotherapy.- 7. Central Neuraxial Blocks.- 8. Neurolytic Sympathetic Plexus Blocks.- 9. Minimally Invasive Palliative Treatments.- 10. Psychological, Behavioral and Rehabilitation Approaches to Cancer Pain Management.- 11. Pain Management Team and Palliative Care Setting.- 12. Conclusion.