Specific blocks

Peripheral nerve blocks

Spinal and epidural



The sympathetic nerves travel to the internal organs, so sympathetic blocks are sometimes used for deep pain coming from cancer affecting these organs. These nerves also help carry messages of burning pain from other areas, so sympathetic blocks are sometimes tried for relief of that type of pain.

Common examples of sympathetic blocks used for cancer pain include:

celiac plexus (a group of sympathetic nerves in the back of the abdomen just below the ribs) for pain from cancer of the pancreas

stellate ganglion (a group of sympathetic nerves low on the neck) for burning pain in the arms or face.

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