The symptoms of cancer pain can vary greatly from patient to patient in terms of length and severity. Typically, cancer pain can be described as dull aching, pressure, burning, or tingling. The type of pain often gives clues about the source of the pain. For example, pain caused by damage to nerves is usually described as burning or tingling, whereas pain affecting internal organs is often described as a sensation of pressure.
Pain management specialists work with your cancer physician to diagnose cancer pain. A full review of your medical history, a physical exam and an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be used to diagnose cancer pain.
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