Breast Cancer Pain: A Review of Pathology and Interventional Techniques

  • Ali Valimahomed
  • Jennifer Zocca
  • Amitabh Gulati


Postmastectomy pain syndromes (PMPS) are a significant burden for breast cancer patients. Many of the pain syndromes are associated with the treatment of disease, chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Because of the musculoskeletal and neurologic complexities of the anterior chest wall, often the source of pain is difficult to determine and treat. We discuss the various musculoskeletal and neurologic pain sequelae that a breast cancer patient may exhibit. Given the various treatment options that are available for our patients, we develop a therapeutic approach to address a patient’s pain syndromes.


Breast cancer pain Postmastectomy pain syndrome Myofascial pain syndrome Shoulder pain Serratus anterior plane block 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Valimahomed
    • 1
  • Jennifer Zocca
    • 2
  • Amitabh Gulati
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationNew York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College/Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyNew York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical CareMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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