Cancer Pain Syndromes
- The progression of the disease
- The location in the body
- The overall physical condition
- Pain from the tumor—Tumors can press on bone, nerves, or an organ, resulting in pain.
- Pain related to cancer therapy—This may include pain from:
Pain unrelated to the cancer or treatment—This refers to pain in people with cancer that has nothing to do with the illness or its treatment. It may include:
- Muscle strains
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- Electromyography (EMG)
- Nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs
- Weak opioids
- Strong opioids
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National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
National Cancer Institute of Canada http://www.ncic.cancer.ca
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -
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