Cancer And The Side Effects Of Cancer Treatment Can Cause Pain

With more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States, as many as 40% experience persistent treatment-related pain. The type of pain you have depends on the type of cancer, its stage, and your level of pain tolerance. Pain can range from acute to chronic or persistent pain and can vary in intensity throughout the day.

It may be helpful to consider keeping track of pain levels with a daily log. Answering the following questions in the logbook will help better describe the pain to healthcare providers.

  • What part of the body feels painful?
  • What does the pain feel like i.e. sharp, burning, shooting, or throbbing?
  • When does the pain start and how long does it last?
  • Which activities, such as eating, sleeping, etc., does pain interfere?
  • What makes the pain feel better or worse? For example, ice packs, heating pads, or exercises? Does pain medicine decrease the pain? If so, what is the dosage?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how does the pain rank? Where 10 is the most painful and 1 is pain-free.

According to The National Cancer Institute, controlling pain is an important part of a cancer treatment plan. Pain can suppress the immune system, increase the length of time for the healing process, interfere with sleep, and affect mood.

Talk with a healthcare professional about the pain, especially if:

  • the pain isn’t getting better or going away with pain medicine
  • the pain comes on quickly
  • the pain makes it hard to eat, sleep, or perform your normal activities
  • experienced new pain
  • experienced side effects from the pain medicine such as sleepiness, nausea, or constipation

Quality of life is greatly affected when suffering from agonizing pain. Pain and Spine Specialists will work with you and your doctors to develop a managed pain plan that is individualized to you.

Our primary goal at Pain and Spine Specialists is to improve your quality of life and overall functionality through comprehensive treatment. Pain is a sign from your body that there is something off balance. If any of the above criteria or symptoms ring true to you


  1. Paice JA, Portenoy R, Lacchetti C, et al. Management of Chronic Pain in Survivors of Adult Cancers: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline [published online before print July 25, 2016]. J Clin Oncol.
  2. National Cancer Institute. Side Effect. Retrieved 2016-10-11.

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