Cancer pain is the discomfort associated with cancer tumors or treatment. There are many causes, but often the pain occurs when a tumor presses on your nerves or organs, or as a side effect to chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.

Overview and Symptoms
The majority of people with cancer will experience pain at some time or another. The pain can result from the cancer itself, or from the cancer's treatment. Symptoms and severity vary from person to person.

There are many different medicines and methods available to control cancer pain. If you have cancer and are feeling pain, you should inform your doctor immediately.

Treatment at BIDMC

For mild to moderate pain, your doctor may suggest over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications. Always check with your doctor before beginning a new medication while undergoing cancer treatment.

There are also a variety of prescription medications that can help relieve moderate to severe pain, or sensations of tingling and burning.

Integrative medicine is the use of evidence-based practices like acupuncture, meditation, yoga and tai chi in addition to conventional medical care. Speak to your doctor if you’re interested in integrative therapies.

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The Arnold-Warfield Pain Center provides comprehensive care and leading-edge treatments for patients with chronic and complex pain conditions.

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