Not everyone with cancer will have pain. Around half of the people who have treatment for cancer have some pain. When cancer has come back or spread, up to 9 out of 10 people (90%) have pain. If you have pain, it’s important to tell your doctors and nurses (healthcare team) so they can treat it. The earlier you have treatment for pain, the more effective it is.
Treating pain can help you feel better in lots of ways. It can give you more energy and help reduce anxiety. You’ll be more able to enjoy day-to-day activities with your family and friends.
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.