Cancer Pain

Most cancer pain is caused by the tumour pressing on bones, nerves or other organs in the body.

Sometimes pain is due to your cancer treatment. For example, some chemotherapy drugs can cause numbness and tingling in your hands and feet. Or they might cause a burning sensation at the spot where you have the drug injection. Radiotherapy can cause skin redness and irritation. Remember that some pain might have nothing to do with your cancer. You could have the general aches and pains that everyone gets from time to time. The amount of pain you have with cancer depends on:

  • the type of cancer you have
  • where it is
  • the stage of your cancer
  • whether the cancer or treatment has damaged any nerves
  • Other factors can also affect how you feel pain, such as fear, anxiety, depression and a lack of sleep.