Pain can occur in patients in both early stage and advanced disease, and in cancer survivors as a severe and debilitating side-effect of treatment. It is estimated that 50% of adults and children with cancer pain are under-treated, despite the possibility of effective treatments for most patients.
If you are experiencing cancer pain during treatment, you should consult your doctor to get the right information about what is possible for you. Familiarise yourself with the Cancer Pain Management in Adults guidelines and make sure to express your preferences. You may also find it helpful to discuss treatment options with a family member or friend. If you are a survivor of cancer with ongoing pain, you will benefit from multidisciplinary pain management combined with self-management.