What is 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

The pain might be because of a tumour pressing on nerves, bones or other organs. Sometimes it can be because of your cancer treatment and some pain might not be related to your cancer. Find out about the different possible causes and types.

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 and clinical trials into cancer pain and treatment

Research is looking at better ways to assess, treat and find out  the causes of cancer pain. Find out what is happening.

What to ask your doctor about cancer pain

Here are some things you might want to ask your doctor about cancer pain.

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: 
11 Jan 2024
Next review due: 
11 Jan 2027