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Pain Management

To contact us
Phone: 315 464-4259

The Division of Pain Medicine of the Department of Anesthesiology provides evaluation and treatment for patients who suffer from intractable cancer pain. The faculty and pain fellows provide treatment for specific pain syndromes both malignant and non malignant. Chronic pain management requires a number of techniques to establish the type of pain syndromes and plan appropriate treatment directed towards:

  1. Prolonged, tolerable pain relief
  2. Reduction of dependency on medications, particularly narcotics as needed
  3. Enabling the patient to lead a more productive and active life

A variety of invasive and non-invasive modalities are utilized including:

  • Differential Neural Blockade
  • Sympathetic and Steroid Blocks
  • Neurolyctic Nerve Block Procedures
  • Regional infiltration of the muscle
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Cryoanalgesia
  • Pharmacologic Therapy
  • TENS/Interferential Therapy
  • Psychological Counseling and Behavior Modification Techniques

For intractable cancer pain, insertion of implantable devices such as Spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal and/or epidural infusion pumps utilizing various narcotics and other agents will also be offered.


If our services are requested, we will receive a referral from your Oncologist for a consultation that will be provided at the Cancer Center.

Meet Our Team

P. Sebastian Thomas, MD
Parakulam S Thomas, MD
Vandana Sharma, MD
Vandana Sharma, MD
Brendan McGinn, MD
Brendan McGinn, MD