Questions People Ask About Cancer (Part 1)

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer you likely have several questions. Common concerns are often regarding pain, hair loss, and treatment options. In this article we address answers to some common questions patients have after a diagnosis of cancer.

Can cancer treatments cause pain?
If you were diagnosed with cancer, you might understandably fear that you will be in pain. However, a diagnosis of cancer does not necessarily mean you need to live with pain. There are several treatment options that providers can now use to reduce or eliminate pain.

Both medication and non-medication options may be offered. The most crucial piece of information for treating pain comes from you, the patient. Be honest about any pain you are experiencing with your oncologist to develop a plan.

Cancer in itself may cause pain, but treatments necessary to treat cancer can contribute to increased pain.

According to the American Cancer Society, those with advanced cancer may experience more pain.