Michael S. Rabin MD


Pain Control Diary

A pain diary may help you and your doctor find out what makes your pain better or worse. Use the diary below to keep track of when you have pain, how bad it is, and what you are doing to treat it. This figure has been reproduced with permission of the International Association for the Study of Pain® (IASP®). The figure…

Pain Control Diary

A pain diary may help you and your doctor find out what makes your pain better or worse. Use the diary below to keep track of when you have pain, how bad it is, and what you are doing to treat it. This figure has been reproduced with permission of the International Association for the Study of Pain® (IASP®). The figure…

Laser Therapy for Cancer

Laser therapy is the use of a highly focused beam of light to treat diseases, including cancer. Lasers can be used to treat cancers on the surface of the skin or to shrink or destroy tumors in other parts of the body. Laser therapy may be used to: Treat precancerous or cancerous growths on the surface of the body, such…

Distraction

Distraction is a way to relieve pain by focusing the mind on something other than pain. With distraction, a person’s mind is busy paying attention to something other than pain, which can make pain more tolerable. People can distract themselves with activities such as: Watching TV or listening to music. Reading a book…

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) for Lung Cancer

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a surgery that may be done to remove lung cancer. VATS is a less invasive procedure than a regular open chest surgery (thoracotomy), where the chest is cut open and the ribs are spread apart to allow access to the lungs. VATS uses several small cuts (incisions) so a tiny…