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What causes pancreatic cancer pain?

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It's common to have a dull pain in your upper belly and back that comes and goes. This is caused by a tumor in your pancreas that presses on your spine.

The cancer often spreads to the nerves that surround your pancreas, which also leads to back pain. It can feel worse when you lie down, but it may get better when you lean forward.

You can get pain relief from medication, surgery, and complementary treatments like massage and meditation.

Talk to your doctor as soon as you start feeling pain. The earlier you treat it, the easier it will be to get it under control.

SOURCES:

Digestive Diseases & Sciences: "Pain in patients with pancreatic cancer: prevalence, mechanisms, management and future developments."

American Cancer Society: "Signs & Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer."

Johns Hopkins: "Pancreatic Cancer Pain Management."

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: "Managing Pain in Pancreatic Cancer."

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: "Exercise as medicine in the management of pancreatic cancer: a case study."

Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing : "A Systematic Review: Mindfulness Intervention for Cancer-Related Pain."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Can Acupuncture Help Relieve Cancer Pain and Other Side Effects?"

Columbia University Irving Medical Center: "Coping with Cancer and How CBT Can Help."

Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology : "Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Patients With Cancer."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 21, 2020

SOURCES:

Digestive Diseases & Sciences: "Pain in patients with pancreatic cancer: prevalence, mechanisms, management and future developments."

American Cancer Society: "Signs & Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer."

Johns Hopkins: "Pancreatic Cancer Pain Management."

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: "Managing Pain in Pancreatic Cancer."

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: "Exercise as medicine in the management of pancreatic cancer: a case study."

Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing : "A Systematic Review: Mindfulness Intervention for Cancer-Related Pain."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Can Acupuncture Help Relieve Cancer Pain and Other Side Effects?"

Columbia University Irving Medical Center: "Coping with Cancer and How CBT Can Help."

Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology : "Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Patients With Cancer."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 21, 2020

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