Having cancer does not mean that you
have to live with pain. Cancer and some of the treatments for it can cause
pain. But most people who have cancer are able to manage their pain well.1
- Cancer pain can almost always be controlled. Only you know
how you feel and how much pain you have. Tell your
health care team what your pain feels like and what works and does not
- Don't wait for pain to get bad. Your pain medicine will work
best if you use it when you first notice pain, before it becomes
- If you are taking pain medicine regularly for cancer pain, have a plan (and medicines on hand) for breakthrough pain. This is sudden and intense pain that can happen while you are already taking pain medicine.
- The risk of becoming addicted to pain medicines is
very small. Do not let this fear stop you from getting the pain relief you
- Managing your pain can mean treating other problems, too. Uncontrolled cancer pain can lead to anxiety, sleep problems, or depression.
How can I control the pain caused by cancer?