Batistaki and fellow Greek colleagues at the University of Athens reviewed the clinical course of 35 patients who had received a procedure involving thermocoagulation of their splanchnic nerves via radiofrequency – for pain relief.
These were patients who had advanced pancreatic cancer, and whose pain was refractory to conservative pain management. In pre and post procedure evaluations – the researchers found that pain tended to be relieved, quality of life improved, and opioid drug use was diminished for the patients.
The authors recommend the procedure.
Dale O’Brien, MD