About cancer pain

Not all cancers cause pain and it can affect you in different ways. If you have pain, it is important to tell your doctor or nurse so it can be managed.

Causes and types of cancer pain

Cancer pain has different causes and there are different types. You can have pain control and get support to help you manage any pain you might have.

Treating cancer pain

There are many different ways of treating cancer pain and different people who can treat it. A pain assessment can help you get the right treatment.

Support when you have pain

Getting support when you have cancer pain can be very helpful. It’s normal to feel upset, frightened or even depressed, but there are people who can help.

Research into cancer pain and treatment

Research is looking at the causes of cancer pain and how to treat it.

What to ask your doctor about cancer pain

You might have questions for your doctor about cancer pain. Here are some things you might want to ask.

Resources and support for cancer pain

There are lots of organisations, support groups and books to help you understand pain control and get the treatment you need. 

Last reviewed: 
20 Oct 2020
Next review due: 
20 Oct 2023
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