Some, but not all, people with cancer feel pain, depending on several factors, including:
1. Type of cancer itself
2. In which stage of cancer is the patient
3. Which organ is affected by cancer
4. Pain tolerance
Cancer pain has many forms, including simple and excruciating, extending to acute or burning pain. such pain may be constant, intermittent, moderate, or severe
Causes of Cancer Pain
Causes of Cancer Pain depends on the reason for, and how severe is the pain, as follows:
1. If cancer itself causes the pain, the reason may be the spread or destruction caused by cancer in the surrounding tissues, and during tumor enlargement, it may put pressure on the bones or organs of the body.
2. Any chemicals caused by the tumor and result in pain.
3. Cancer pain may be felt due to the body's reaction to chemicals.
4. Cancer treatment methods themselves can cause pain, whether they are:
1. To remove the source of pain with chemotherapy, surgically, radiation, or other treatment methods.
2. Through pain relievers allowed to be taken without consulting a doctor.
3. To take opioid medications that can only be taken with a doctor's prescription, such as morphine and oxycodone, and are used in severe or moderate pain cases.
4. Medicines of other types taken with the advice of a doctor and are used to treat depression or seizures.
5. Massage, physical therapy, acupuncture, hypnosis, and other complementary therapies.
6. To inject around or inside the nerve an anesthetic drug to control pain signals sent to the brain.
1. Doctors not asking about whether there may be pain felt by the patient in the first place or doctors not prescribing pain-relieving treatment:
Therefore, cancer patients who feel pain at all levels need to cooperate with a doctor to treat pain, and Dr. Andrew Fares specializes in this field with a consultant degree in anesthesiology, pain treatment, and spine care at Cairo University.
2. Patients' reluctance to disclose their exposure to pain:
Believing that it is a sign of their cancer reaching an advanced stage or fearing that they will appear as grumblers in front of the treating doctors.
3. Patients' fear of addiction to opioid drugs:
But the fact is that as long as they take medicines within the framework of prescribed doses for cancer pain, there is no need for concern, and the body of a cancer patient may begin to resist the analgesic effect prescribed to him/her. In this case, the patient is not addicted, but the dose will not work as it was. And it would be best if you asked your doctor about increasing the dose or taking another medication but not increasing the dose on your own.
4. Anxiety of side effects:
Such as sleep, difficulty communicating with others, or patients are treated as addicted to these drugs, but once you settle on the appropriate dose for your pain condition, any of these symptoms will disappear immediately.
The most common cause of pain from persistent cancer is bone pain involving a metastasic or primary bone tumor. Bone pain that intensifies suddenly indicates a pathological fracture of the bone or a tumor penetrating a nearby nerve building.