What causes cancer pain?

Pain is a common symptom in patients with cancer, with one third experiencing pain at diagnosis and two thirds experiencing pain with advanced cancer. Cancer pain is caused by the disease itself, the surgery or the treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Treatment for cancer pain will vary between patients, as different patients may experience different levels of pain even if they have the same form of cancer. You should never accept pain as a normal part of having cancer. It’s important to remember that all pain can be treated. Cancer pain may not always be completely relieved, but your doctor can work with you to control and lessen it as much as possible. Knowing how to report and describe it can help your health care team know how to treat it.

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