A range of symptoms can be experienced as a result of cancer or as a side effect of cancer treatment. No two individuals have the same symptoms. They are affected by the type of cancer, its stage, and other factors.
In a large number of cases, the pain comes from the tumor itself. As tumors grow, they can press against nerves, organs and bones, leading to significant discomfort.
If cancer travels to the bones, significant bone pain can result. This type of pain is usually persistent but may get worse when standing.
Chemotherapy, radiation, and cancer surgery can also cause oncologic related pain. Neuropathy that causes pain, tingling, and numbness in the extremities is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Nausea, headaches, and other side effects are also common.