Treating cancer pain

There are many different ways of treating cancer pain. And there are different people who can treat it.

Doctors and nurses will assess your pain to make sure you get the right treatment. You might have some worries about pain treatment, but knowing more about it can be reassuring. 

Who treats cancer pain?

Many people can treat cancer pain, from health professionals to counsellors. It’s worth knowing what each of them can do. There are also small things you can do to help yourself.

Measuring cancer pain

Doctors measure cancer pain so they can give you the right treatment. This can include asking questions, examining you and rating your pain on a scale.


Whatever painkillers you have to treat cancer pain, it helps to know more about what you're taking and any possible side effects.

Worries about taking painkillers

Some things can get in the way of treating pain effectively, including any worries you might have about painkillers. Knowing about these barriers can help.

Cancer treatments to reduce your pain

Different cancer treatments can be used to treat pain, as well as cancer.

Nerve blocks

Find out about nerve blocks used to treat cancer pain.

Strengthening painful bones

Cancer that spreads to the bones can cause weakness and pain. Find out about treatments that can strengthen painful bones by intravenous infusion and by surgery.

Things you can do to reduce cancer pain

There are many ways that you and your family can help to control your pain.

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