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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Pain & Debilitating Conditions

Cancer Pain

Many people with cancer will experience pain from the cancer itself or from their cancer treatments. Depending on the type of cancer, the stage of the disease, and individual tolerance, cancer pain can be dull, aching, or sharp; constant or intermittent; or mild, moderate, or severe. Any bothersome pain problems should be reported to your pain specialist. If it is intractable and interferes with your daily activities, it often requires a comprehensive pain management plan to find relief. Our physicians will formulate an individualized program for every cancer patient. If you have pain related to breast, lung, bladder, liver, or any other type of cancer, the following describes the various types of cancer related pain with their corresponding symptoms and common causes.

Types of Cancer-related Pain

Cancer Pain
Symptoms
Pain that is often burning, sharp, or shooting, and worsened by movement.
Pain could be localized or diffused - depending on location and spread of cancer.

Common Causes
Tumor growth causing pressure on surrounding tissue, bones, nerves, the spinal cord, or body organs.

 

Testing Pain
Symptoms
Moderate to severe pain at or around the test location.

Common Causes
Biopsy, spinal tap, lumbar punctures, blood draws, or bone marrow test.

 

Pain related to Cancer treatment
Symptoms
Neuropathic pain that is often burning, sharp, or shooting.

Common Causes
Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and other cancer treatments.

 

In many cases, cancer pain – whether acute or chronic – often goes untreated as a result of one or a combination of the following: patient reluctance, fear of addiction to medications, or fear of side effects of the medications. If you do experience cancer pain, don’t just deal with it. You need to seek a pain consultant who can provide an accurate diagnosis and thus, formulate the proper pain management plan. The type and stage of the cancer often dictates what diagnostic tests to implement and what treatments to pursue. With knowledge and action comes proper pain relief! So don’t let fear stop you from getting control over your cancer and your cancer pain.