Pain Conditions: Cancer Pain

If you are living with breast, lung, bladder, liver, or any other type of cancer and you are in pain, you are not alone. Whether from the cancer itself or from a particular cancer treatment, it is not uncommon for people with cancer to experience acute or chronic pain conditions. Based on the type of cancer, the state of the disease, and individual tolerance, cancer pain can be dull, aching, or sharp; mild, moderate, or severe; and constant or intermittent. Pain management centers like the Regional Pain Institute recommend that cancer patients report any bothersome pain problems to their primary care or pain management physician right away. Minor pain that dissipates over time may not be serious; however, pain that interferes with your life or that is persistent may require immediate pain treatment. Continue reading to learn more about different types of cancer-related pain conditions, as well as associated symptoms and causes.

Types of

Cancer-related Pain


Common Causes

Cancer Pain

Pain that is often burning, sharp, or shooting, and worsened by movement.

Neck or back pain – based on location of cancer.

Tumor growth causing pressure on surrounding tissue, bones, nerves, the spinal cord, or body organs.

Effects of chemicals that the cancer may secrete.

Testing Pain

Moderate to severe pain with connected sensitivity at or around the test location.

Biopsy, spinal tap, lumbar punctures, blood draws, or bone marrow test.

Treatment Pain

Neuropathic pain that is often burning, sharp, or shooting.

Bone or joint pain.Phantom pain from loss of body part.

Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and other cancer treatments.

Acute or chronic cancer pain problems often go untreated due to a variety of factors, such as patient reluctance, fear of addiction to medications, or fear of side effects on the cancer or on the body in general from pain treatments. At the Regional Pain Institute pain management center, we help cancer patients feel comfortable in reporting their pain and seeking effective treatment. Our pain management physicians will evaluate the type and stage of your cancer to determine what diagnostic tests to implement and what treatments to pursue. Alleviating your pain with the help of the Regional Pain Institute may be one way you can take back control over your life. With knowledge and action comes relief; find both by Requesting your 1st Appointment.