Most cancer pain is caused by the tumour pressing on bones, nerves or other organs in the body. Sometimes pain is related to cancer treatment. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy may produce painful conditions that persist long after treatment has ended.
HOW IS CANCER PAIN DIAGNOSED?
The health care practitioner will perform a physical examination and ask questions related to pain for identifying the cause, which are:
• Where does it hurt?
• When does the pain stop and start?
• How long has it been there?
• How intense is the pain?
• What does the pain feel like, in your own words?
HOW IS CANCER PAIN TREATED?
Treatment of cancer pain may be done through over the counter pain killers. Specialized treatments like nerve blocks may be used to prevent the pain from travelling through the nerve pathway. Alternative therapies like acupressure, physical therapy or acupuncture may be done for pain relief.
DID YOU KNOW?
Phantom cancer pain is an imaginary pain that a patient imagines to be present in an organ that has been removed during cancer treatment.