There are many different types of cancer, and as such, many different types of pain. Treatment is always personalized to the individual, based a variety of factors, including the severity of pain, where they are in their stage of treatment, what type of treatment they’re receiving, other health issues they may be facing, and others. Thus, while we wouldn’t want to make general recommendations, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the different types of pain typically experienced by patients with different types of cancer.
Depending on the type of breast cancer, a patient may or may not experience pain. Most commonly, pain in breast cancer patients is often caused when the patient develops a tumor or has inflammatory cancer. Some rarer forms also cause irritation around the nipple, or more severe pain.
According to the American Cancer Society, most lung cancers do not cause pain directly unless they spread to other parts of the body. That said, patients may experience chest pain, particularly when breathing deeply, coughing (another common symptom of lung cancer), or laughing.
Unlike breast or lung cancer, bone cancer can be extremely painful. Depending on where the cancer is located, patients often feel dull aches in the affected region. If the patient suffers from other bone diseases like osteoporosis, the pain may be greatly amplified greatly. Additionally, bone cancer often weakens the bones, resulting in fractures or even breakages, which are obviously very painful to experience.
Another cancer that often is painless until it has spread to other body parts is colorectal cancer. Sometimes patients with this form experience stomach or abdominal pain, however, this occurs mainly when the cancer is advanced. For this reason, the American Cancer Society recommends getting checked regularly after age 50.
If you or a loved one is experiencing pain due to cancer, know that Pain and Spine Specialists is here for you. We frequently receive referrals from oncologists, and we work with patients to ensure they manage their disease with as much comfort and as little pain as possible. We offer a wide variety of treatments that we personalize to each patient with the goal of giving them all the relief they need.