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Cancer Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about cancer pain?

Pain may be caused by cancer, treatment for cancer, or a procedure to diagnose cancer. A tumor or another condition caused by cancer may also cause pain. Your pain may get better after you finish treatment or if your cancer is in remission. Proper control of pain that continues can help improve your quality of life.

How is the cause of cancer pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask where your pain is, what it feels like, and when it started. Tell your provider if your pain comes and goes or is constant. Tell your provider if anything helps your pain or makes it worse. You may need any of the following:

How is cancer pain treated?

Treatment depends on the cause, type, and severity of your pain. Talk to your healthcare provider about pain control before, during, and after certain tests, procedures, or treatments. You may need any of the following:

How else may cancer pain be treated?

What do I need to know about prescription pain medicine safety?

What can I do to help manage my pain?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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