Background: Treatment-related chronic neuropathic pain represents a major and increasing cause of discomfort in cancer survivors. Unfortunately, in approximately 10%-15% of cases, pain is scarcely relieved by opioids and common painkillers. Thus, alternative measures to manage pain have recently been adopted in these patients. Case Description: We report the case of a laryngeal cancer survivor who developed an intractable bilateral mandibular radiation-induced neuropathic pain syndrome. His pain was refractory to any pharmacological treatment, whereas the implant of bilateral subcutaneous facial electrodes led to the complete resolution of pain. Conclusions: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report in literature describing peripheral nerve field stimulation as a treatment option for intractable cancer treatment-related chronic neuropathic pain. Peripheral nerve field stimulation appears to be a safe and effective procedure.
- Cancer treatment-related pain
- Peripheral nerve field stimulation (PNFS)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology