Last Updated on Mar 28, 2018

What are the Causes of Cancer Pain?

Identifying the cause of cancer pain is essential because cancer pain management depends on the treatment of the underlying cause of the pain. Causes of cancer pain include:

The Cancer itself

Cancer pain can come from the primary cancer itself (from where the cancer started), or from other areas in the body where the cancer has spread (metastases).

Cancer can cause pain by:

  • Growing into or destroying tissue near the cancer
  • As a tumor grows, it may invade the bones or soft tissues; or put pressure on nerves or blood vessels
  • Obstruction of a hollow organ e.g. intestine

Cancer treatments

Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can cause pain.

  • Chemotherapy can cause painful side effects like mouth sores, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, joint pain and peripheral neuropathy
  • Radiation may lead to a burning sensation or painful scars
  • Surgical treatments can be painful, and may take time to recover

Chemicals secreted by cancers

Cancer pain may not just be from the physical effect of the cancer on a region of the body, but also due to hormones and proteins that the cancer may secrete in the region of the tumor.


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cancer Tuesday, November 22, 2011

mostly Cancer comes in any age groups[birth to death] and it doesnt comes only for drunked persons or smoking persons. Only due to their cells it comes is my view as iam a cancer patient and doesnt have any such habits. Pains will come mostly for the cancer patients who crosses the first stage of cancer

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