One of Three With Cancer Will Experience Pain

People diagnosed with cancer can experience pain that is caused by the disease itself, by the treatments for the disease, or both. In fact, one out of every three people who have cancer will experience cancer pain. In cases of advanced cancer—cancer that is spreading or has recurred—the chance of experiencing chronic cancer pain is even higher.

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Causes

  • By destroying tissues
  • By the chemicals that cancer cells and tumors secrete
  • Through tumors that place pressure on nerves, bones or organs, causing pain
  • Through cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery

Symptoms

There are many types of cancer pain. Our Pain and Spine Specialists can help you discover the type and cause of the pain so it can be effectively treated. Symptoms include:

Bone Pain

Bone pain, which is generally aching, dull or throbbing, can occur when cancer spreads into the bone.

Nerve Pain

Nerve pain is caused by pressure on nerves or the spinal cord, or by damage to the nerves. This pain often results from nerves cut during cancer surgery or from radiation or chemotherapy.

Phantom Pain

Phantom pain is pain from a part of the body that has been removed. An example includes pain in the breast area after removal of the breast due to cancer.

Referred Pain

Referred pain is pain that comes from one part of the body but is felt in another part of the body.  Soft tissue pain is also described as dull, aching or throbbing and results from a body organ or muscle.

Exhaustion and Depression

Exhaustion and feelings of sadness and depression.  Cancer pain can also lead to exhaustion and feelings of sadness and depression.

Diagnosis

Our doctors will focus on identifying the cause of your cancer pain and developing a personalized cancer pain management plan. Understanding the intensity and character of the pain (dull, sharp, shooting, throbbing) can help the therapist determine the origin of the pain.

Treatment Options

At Pain Management and Injury Relief Medical Center, we understand that pain is a complex condition that affects the whole person—body, mind and spirit. That’s why we provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treatment, customizing the most effective treatment plans for our patients and empowering them to become a collaborative partner in their recovery process.

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