Cancer pain may be caused by the cancer
or by the treatments and tests used. The kind of pain may vary depending on the cause. The first step
in managing your pain is understanding what is causing it.
from the cancer itself can happen when:
- A cancer growth, or tumor, presses on bones,
nerves, or organs.
- Cancer cells spread to the bone and destroy
- A tumor presses on the spinal cord, causing pain in the back,
legs, or neck.
- A tumor causes organs to swell or be blocked. For
example, a bowel obstruction can be caused by a tumor.
Because some cancer spreads far and fast, treatments have
to be strong. As a result, they often cause pain and other side effects that
require more treatment. Pressure on or damage to a nerve may cause tingling or
burning. Treatments such as surgery,
chemotherapy may also cause pain.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology
October 31, 2011
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