Up to 5 in 10 people who have treatment for cancer (50%) have some pain. When cancer has come back or spread, about 7 in 10 people (70%) have pain. If you have pain, it’s important to tell your doctors and nurses so they can treat it.
Some people may not want to talk about their pain as they feel they are complaining. But the earlier treatment is given for pain, the more effective it is.
The way people feel and experience pain varies. Even people with the same type of cancer can have very different experiences. The amount of pain you have is not related to how severe your cancer is. And having pain doesn’t always mean that the cancer is advanced or more serious. Pain doesn’t always get worse as the cancer develops. It is important to remember that cancer pain can almost always be reduced.