Cancer Research UK to fund breast cancer pain research

In collaboration with the Press Association

Cancer Research UK is to fund research in Aberdeen to explore possible causes of the chronic pain reported by some breast cancer patients.

The three-year study will assess breast cancer patients before and after surgery in an attempt to identify possible clinical or psychological reasons for the reported pain.

Up to a third of breast cancer patients report experiencing pain after surgery, classified as "chronic" when it persists for three months or more.

"Thousands of breast cancer patients experience chronic pain after surgery for the disease," said Jean King, director of behavioural research at Cancer Research UK.

"Unfortunately we do not yet know enough about the complex causes of the pain to be able to treat it effectively.

"We hope this important work will lead to improved quality of life for breast cancer patients in the future."

The £189,000 grant will fund the work of scientists at the Universities of Aberdeen and Dundee, the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, and Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

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