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Symptoms experienced by those with cancer pain vary from person to person and can be mild and occasional symptoms to the severe and constant pain. Cancer pain can be described as dull, achy, or sharp in quality. A number of factors play into an individual’s cancer pain symptoms: type of cancer, stage, the extent of disease, and tolerance level of pain. Cancer pain also may not necessarily be limited to where the original cancer tumor is located, as cancer can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body, causing additional pain in these areas.
it is not uncommon for patients suffering from cancer to feel pain. Pain can be caused from the cancer itself, or from the treatments used to battle cancer, like chemotherapy treatment, radiation therapy and surgery.
Cancer can cause pain as it grows by destroying or pressing on nearby structures inside the body, such as nerves, organs and bones. Cancer that spreads from its original site (primary tumour) can travel to other parts of the body (metastasis) causing injury to these other sites by growth and damaging nearby structures here as well.
Not only can the cancer itself cause pain, but the treatments used to treat cancer can also cause pain. Surgery is done by a cancer specialist to remove all or as much of the cancer as possible. The recovery from surgery can be painful and takes time to heal and recover.
Radiation and chemotherapy can also cause pain after treatment due to injury to nearby structures. Some of the common side effects from these cancer treatments can include:
There are no specific ways to test for cancer pain. However, anticipating patient needs for cancer pain management while undergoing cancer treatment can help to reduce acute pain and even prevent chronic pain.
Some treatment options for cancer pain use pain medications. However, certain side effects like nausea, tiredness, fogginess and the inability to think and act as they normally do may make using them less tolerable to some cancer patients. There are a number of pain treatment options offered by the cancer pain specialists at Advanced Pain Management that can help reduce or eliminate the need to take oral medications while still relieving the cancer pain. Some of these are listed below and more information can be found on the related links.
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