Cancer pain

Cancer often causes pain. It may be caused by the cancer itself or by medical procedures used to diagnose or treat the cancer.

Cancer pain can affect any area of the body. The type of pain a person feels depends on the type of cancer the person has and how it affects the body.

There are many ways to treat cancer pain. Aggressive management of cancer pain will improve a person's quality of life during every stage of the disease. Because everyone experiences pain differently, different combinations of treatments are used. A pain control plan may need to be adjusted often. It is important for people who have cancer to talk openly with their doctors about what does and does not work to control pain.

Last Updated: October 30, 2009

Author: Bets Davis, MFA

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Michael S. Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology

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