What are the symptoms?
Cancer-Related Chronic Pain can affect patients in a number of different ways. The symptoms experienced will depend on the patient and the underlying cause of the pain. The pain experienced can vary in severity, duration, location, and character.
Cause and treatment
Most cases of Cancer-Related Chronic Pain are considered to be are a result of ongoing tissue injury (nociceptive pain) or to damage of the nervous system – both of which can be a result of the cancer itself or of associated treatments.
Simple painkillers are often implemented as a first-line treatment with stronger painkillers, such as codeine, tramadol, and morphine, considered in more severe cases. However, holistic approaches are also commonly used, including physiotherapy, modifications to the work and home environment, and psychological therapies.