Cancer Pain

Cancer patients may experience pain from the cancer itself or as a side effect of treatment.

Pain from the cancer itself is usually caused by a growth or tumor pressing on bones, nerves or organs. For example, if a person has a spinal cord tumor, it can compress the spinal cord and surrounding nerves, causing back and neck pain, numbness or weakness. People with advanced cancer are more likely to have pain.

Pain from cancer treatment may happen after tests, procedures or surgery. Examples of pain caused by treatment include peripheral neuropathy, mouth sores, radiation side effects and phantom pain.

No person experiences the same pain. You may have pain that only happens occasionally or pain that is constant. It may be dull and achy or sharp and severe.


Whatever your situation, it is very important that you share your pain levels with your cancer care team so that they can help you with a pain management plan.

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