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Cancer-Related Pain

How Cancer Affects the Body

Getting a cancer diagnosis is challenging enough as it is. When cancer is also accompanied by pain and discomfort, it can be easy to lose hope. According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), at least half of people with cancer experience pain, and the prevalence may jump to 75% in people with more advanced stages of cancer. At least a third of cancer survivors experience persistent pain.

No two people with cancer-related pain will have the exact same experience (which is one reason why individualized treatment is so important). Pain caused by or related to cancer will vary depending on where the cancer is located, what type of cancer it is, and what stage the cancer has progressed to or whether it has spread to other parts of the body. The good news is that with treatment, cancer-related pain can become manageable.

At American Pain Consortium, we provide individualized pain relief services to our patients with cancer so they can focus on their healing and recovery with less stress and greater comfort.

If you’re experiencing pain related to cancer, please contact us.

Types of Cancer-Related Pain

Cancer-related pain – whether mild, moderate, or intense – may be constant, or it may come and go. It may also be accompanied by other symptoms including numbness, tingling, weakness, muscle spasms, or stiffness.

The types of cancer most commonly associated with pain include:

  • Cancers affecting the neck or head
  • Prostate cancer
  • Uterine and genitourinary cancers
  • Breast cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer

Pain is sometimes an early warning sign of some cancers, or it can come on later as the disease progresses. It may be the result of tumors putting pressure on healthy tissue or organs, or the chronic inflammation that accompanies cancer. Even the treatments for cancer – surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation – may result in pain.

Help for Your Cancer-Related Pain

We offer evidence-based services and techniques to help minimize pain with a low risk of side effects. Pain pumps, infusion therapy, spinal cord stimulators, and physical therapy are some of the treatments we use to help reduce cancer-related pain to a tolerable level. We also offer on-site diagnostic imaging to help pinpoint the source of your pain and guide our plan of care.

Our pain management specialists will work with you to develop an effective plan of care. If you are looking for help managing your cancer-related pain, please complete the online form.