Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Cancer Pain

  • Jennifer A. Sweet
  • Nicholas M. Boulis


Cancer pain that is refractory to medical management can be exceedingly difficult to treat. Various surgical options exist including lesioning procedures and neuromodulation techniques. For intractable cancer-related pain that is neuropathic or even nociceptive in origin and localized to a specific dermatomal or focal region, peripheral nerve stimulation and subcutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation may provide additional benefit for patients. This review discusses potential indications for such forms of therapy as well as examples of technical approaches for each.


Cancer pain Peripheral nerve stimulation Subcutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation Neuropathic pain Neuromodulation for pain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Hospitals Case Medical CenterClevelandUSA
  2. 2.NeurosurgeryEmory University HospitalAtlantaUSA

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