Pain is common in people with cancer, with 30% to 50% of people experience pain while undergoing treatment. The percentage rises among people with advanced cancer. Cancer pain may be dull, achy or sharp. It could be constant, intermittent, mild, moderate or sharp. Cancer related pain may arise from the disease itself or by the treatment of the disease. Most cancer pain is caused by the tumor pressing on bones, nerves or other organs in your body. Sometimes pain is related to your cancer treatment. For example, some chemotherapy drugs can cause numbness and tingling in your hands and feet or a burning sensation at the place where they are injected. Radiation therapy can cause skin redness and irritation.
Cancer pain can be acute or chronic. Acute pain is due to damage caused by an injury and tends to only last a short time. For example, surgery can cause acute pain but the pain subsides as the wound heals. Chronic pain is pain caused by changes to nerves. Nerve changes may occur due to cancer pressing on nerves or due to chemicals produced by a tumor. It can also be caused by nerve changes due to cancer treatment. The pain continues long after the injury or treatment is over and can range from mild to severe. It can be there all the time and is also called persistent pain.
We will formulate a pain treatment plan for pain control that best suits your individual situation.