Cancer Pain Management

Nearly half of cancer patients experience pain, which can show up in various ways. It may be short-lived or long-lasting, mild or severe, or even affect one or a few organs and bones. Since your pain is unique, we tailor treatment plans for cancer pain management to address your needs.

Causes of Pain

Pain from the tumor: Most cancer pain occurs when a tumor presses on bone, nerves or organs. The pain may vary according to location. For example, a small tumor near a nerve or the spinal cord may be very painful, while a larger tumor elsewhere may not cause discomfort.

Treatment-related pain: Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery can cause pain. Also, certain painful conditions are more likely to occur in patients with a suppressed immune system, which is often a result of these therapies.

Post-operative pain: Relieving pain resulting from surgery helps people recuperate more quickly and heal more effectively.


Treating Pain

Cancer pain is very treatable. About nine out of 10 cancer pain patients find relief using a combination of medications. Many medicines are used for cancer pain management. Some drugs are general pain relievers, while others target specific types of pain and may require a prescription.