General Information About Cancer Pain
- Cancer, treatment for cancer, or diagnostic tests may cause you to feel pain.
- Pain control can improve your quality of life.
- Pain can be managed before, during, and after diagnostic and treatment procedures.
- Different cancer treatments may cause specific types of pain.
- Cancer pain may affect quality of life and ability to function even after treatment ends.
- Each patient needs a personal plan to control cancer pain.
Cancer, treatment for cancer, or diagnostic tests may cause you to feel pain.
Pain is one of the most common symptoms in cancer patients. Pain can be caused by cancer, treatment for cancer, or a combination of factors. Tumors, surgery, intravenous chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, supportive care therapies such as bisphosphonates, and diagnostic procedures may cause you pain.
Younger patients are more likely to have cancer pain and pain flares than older patients. Patients with advanced cancer have more severe pain, and many cancer survivors have pain that continues after cancer treatment ends.
This summary is about ways to control cancer pain in adults.
Pain control can improve your quality of life.
Pain can be controlled in most patients who have cancer. Although cancer pain cannot always be relieved completely, there are ways to lessen pain in most patients. Pain control can improve your quality of life all through your cancer treatment and after it ends.
Pain can be managed before, during, and after diagnostic and treatment procedures.
Many diagnostic and treatment procedures are painful. It helps to start pain control before the procedure begins. Some drugs may be used to help you feel calm or fall asleep. Treatments such as imagery or relaxation can also help control pain and anxiety related to treatment. Knowing what will happen during the procedure and having a relative or friend stay with you may also help lower anxiety.
Different cancer treatments may cause specific types of pain.
Patients may have different types of pain depending on the treatments they receive, including: