Seeking pain relief for cancer-related pain will help keep you comfortable during your cancer treatment. Your healthcare provider will work with you to diagnose and treat your cancer-related pain.
If you suffer from cancer-related pain and would like additional information on this painful condition, please review the frequently asked questions below. If you are interested in or scheduled for a celiac plexus block for cancer-related abdominal pain and would like additional information on this interventional procedure please refer to our article on celiac plexus block. Additionally, if you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to discuss them with your physician.
Cancer-related Pain FAQ
Cancer-related pain may occur as a result of the cancer itself or cancer treatments. It may be felt in one area where the cancer is located or in other body areas. Cancer-related pain may be the result of a tumor pressing against nerves, bones, organs, or nerve injury from cancer treatment.
To determine whether you are suffering from cancer-related pain or pain from another condition, your provider will start with a comprehensive medical review and physical exam. Diagnostic tests that include x-rays, lab results, and/or MRIs will also be reviewed.
Cancer-related pain may be treated in many ways including non-opioid adjuvant medications, opioid medications, nerve blocks, and complementary therapies such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, and massage therapy. Cancer-related pain may be treated as part of a care team model involving pain psychology, pain management, oncology, surgery, and primary care specialties working together.