Cancer Pain Specialists

Our cancer pain specialists can accurately determine the cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan that fits your needs. We offer comprehensive pain management service in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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Comprehensive Cancer Pain Services

A side effect of cancer is often pain which can further diminish a patients quality of life and ability to function.

If you are dealing with cancer pain, Comprehensive pain management can help reduce your pain. Our doctors will thoroughly evaluate your pain symptoms and create an individualized treatment plan that takes into account your diagnosis and current treatments. 

We will work closely with you to throughout the treatment process to ensure that you receive comprehensive and compassionate care that targets your individual needs. 

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this office. I was helping my mom find a place for her arthritis pain, and I explained to them how bad it was. They were able to schedule me the same week! That's almost impossible at any doctor's office...and then add COVID..... I was thrilled. I took my mom, and everyone was absolutely so sweet and kind

- Donyasha B.

Dr. Rao. I can't find the words to tell you how much he has meant to me. I followed him from an old practice to his very new high tech office. They offer so many different areas of assistance to those with issues from nutrition to spinal surgery...and much more. His office is professional.

- Mom To2

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Dr. Roa is such an amazing doctor! During my first visit he never tried to rush through my appt., he genuinely listened to all my concerns and then took his time to explain to me in detail all his recommendations and how they would help me.

- Nikki Walker

In the 3 years as a patient of Dr. Rao, it is my opinion that he is a phenomenal and extraordinary doctor. He keeps up to date with the latest treatment options, will sacrifice time no matter how many are in the waiting room to listen and explain. Dr. Rao has treated multiple patients with rare illnesses, and shows more empathy than any Dr. I’ve met.

- Mom To2

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I have now been with Dr. Rao for 13 years. He is the most caring Doctor I have ever been to! Dr. Rao makes you feel very comfortable at all times. I would not want to go to any other Doctor... I go to the Hagerstown location, everyone is very nice

- Theresa R.

The entire staff from the folks at the front desk to the Nurse, to the Physicians Assistant to the scribe that records the visit for the doctor - (great idea so the Doctor can focus on the patient!!!)

- NVA F.

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Completely the best care you could want the staff is so pleasant and caring and the doctors have true heart for healing, love being a patient here would give 10 stars if I could & absolutely the most caring during my procedure with Dr B

- Cathern C.

Always friendly, courteous, and efficient service. From the ladies, who work the front desk, to the nurses and the doctors. I've always had a good experience with the Harrisonburg office in Virginia.

Krystal Shaffer

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They scheduled my appointment very quickly so that I can get to help that I needed immediately instead of like most places having to wait two to three weeks to get in I called and was able to be seen the next day

- John H.

After transitioning from a pain and spine doctor in Columbia, MD.. The intake staff member at Pain and Spine Specialist made the scheduling a breeze. They were able to get me in within a week.

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Cancer Pain Overview

Cancer is defined as abnormal cell growth that may spread to other parts of the body. Cancer has the ability to develop in any part of the body and can potentially cause pain. 

Cells in the body grow, multiple (a process called cell division), grow old, and die, with new cells taking their place. When this process is disrupted, damaged cells multiple when they are not supposed to and the cells form tumors. There are cancerous or benign tumors and cancerous tumors spread into surrounding tissue. 

There are over 100 types of cancer. Some types of cancers that start in specific cells are: 

Carcinoma: 

This is the most common type of cancer. This is a cancer that originates in the epithelial cells and a significant amount of cancers that occur in the breast, colon, and prostate are adenocarcinomas. Some of the cancers that form in the bladder, ureters, and kidneys are transitional cell carcinomas. 

Sarcoma:

A type of cancer that occurs in the bones and soft tissues (i.e., muscle, fat, blood vessels, lymph vessels, and fibrous tissue such as tendons and ligaments). Osteosarcoma is the most common form of bone cancer. 

Leukemia:

Cancers that start in the bone marrow and instead of forming tumors, abnormal white blood cells increase in the blood and overtake the normal cells that are there. Leukemia can cause the body to struggle to control any bleeding or fight off infections. There are four main types of Leukemia, including acute or chronic (based on the progression of the cancer) and lymphoblastic or myeloid (based on the type of blood cell where the cancer forms).  

Lymphoma:

A cancer where abnormal lymphocytes gather in the lymph nodes and lymph vessels. Lymphocytes are white blood cells that fight off disease. There are two major types of lymphoma, which are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma is lymphocytes known as Reed-Sternberg cells and form from B cells. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that forms from B cells or T cells. 

Melanoma:

Also known as skin cancer, as it starts in cells that are melanocytes, which produces melanin (skin pigmentation).  


What Is Cancer Pain

Millions of Americans today have a history of cancer, and for most of these individuals, living with cancer is the biggest challenge they have ever faced. One of the unfortunate realities of living with cancer is the physical pain. Not everyone with cancer will experience pain, but nearly 1 out of 3 people undergoing cancer treatment will experience pain at some point. Cancer pain can be managed with medication in addition to other treatments. 

Pain is one of the most common issues that cancer patients deal with. Cancer pain has the ability to affect a person’s quality of life and ability to function, on top of what the cancer itself and treatment does to the body. Younger patients tend to deal with cancer pain than older patients and the more advanced the cancer is the more intense the pain tends to be. Even after treatment, people can still experience pain for some time.   

However, patients are not alone in their fight against cancer and the pain that might result from it. If you are dealing with pain from cancer or cancer treatment, then it is important to address your pain as soon as possible so that you can be treated appropriately. Cancer pain may not go away completely after treatment, but an experienced pain management doctor can help to reduce the levels of pain and hopefully allow you to go relatively pain free or with significantly lower amounts of pain than before.  


Causes of Cancer Pain

  • Pain from a tumor: A tumor can cause pain if it presses into the nearby tissue, nerves, bones or organs.
  • Spinal cord compression: When a tumor spreads to the spine, it can press on the spinal cord. This can cause back or neck pain.
  • Pain from treatment: Some people have pain from chemotherapy, radiation treatment and other cancer treatments.

Types of Cancer Pain

Specific pains can result depending on the type of treatment a patient receives. Some of the types of pain that people can experience are: 

  • Pain following a surgery. 
  • Spasms and stinging/itching from intravenous chemotherapy. 
  • Mucositis, which is sores or inflammation of the mouth. 
  • Ostealgia, which is bone pain. 
  • Peripheral neuropathy, causes numbness, tingling, swelling, or muscle weakness in the hands and feet. It is the result of nerve damage from certain types of chemotherapy. 
  • Osteonecrosis or Avascular necrosis, which is the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply. 
  • Spinal cord compression 
  • Phantom pain, where a person has had an area of the body removed (arm, leg, breast, etc.) and feels pain where that missing body part is. 
  • Pain in the joints and muscles of the body. 

Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome 

Post-mastectomy pain syndrome results from having breast cancer surgery to remove one or both breasts. Women who develop post-mastectomy pain syndrome have neuropathic pain in the chest wall, armpit, and/or arm and it does not go away. Most women only have mild levels of pain with PMPS and it is estimated that 20% to 30% of women experience PMPS after having surgery.


Treatments for Cancer Pain

If you or a loved one is experiencing pain due to cancer, know that Pain and Spine Specialists is here for you. We frequently receive referrals from oncologists, and we work with patients to ensure they manage their disease with as much comfort and as little pain as possible. We offer a wide variety of treatments that we personalize to each patient with the goal of giving them the relief they need. Treatment for cancer pain is specific to the individual. Treatments can include:

Cancer Pain Specialists

At Pain and Spine Specialists, our team cancer pain specialists are committed to giving you the most effective treatment when treating your pain. We believe that all patients should have access to exceptional care. 

Our Providers

At Pain and Spine Specialists, our team of physicians and nurse practitioners are committed to giving you the most effective treatment when treating your pain. We believe that all patients should have access to quality care, and that is why you can find us conveniently located throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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At Pain and Spine Specialists, our team of physicians and nurse practitioners are committed to giving you the most effective treatment when treating your pain. We believe that all patients should have access to quality care, and that is why you can find us conveniently located throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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