Treating Chronic Pain

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More than one third of Americans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. Chronic pain during and after cancer therapies can be extremely difficult to bear. 

Pain during and after cancer therapy is all-too-common. "We strive to help our patients, but at the same time, I strongly believe that quality of life is just as important as treating the disease for our patients," says Kevin Kim, MD, chief of interventional radiology and vice chairman in the department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging at Yale Medicine. 

In this video, Dr. Kim discusses the tools used to diagnose the cause of pain in a cancer patient and explains how surgery, radiosurgery and interventional radiology approaches, including blood supply blocking and/or heating and freezing of the source can be used to alleviate pain and discomfort.