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Cancer – Pain – Positive/Negative Cycles

Pain can be an effect of treatment or a side effect of cancer. In case of new bone or joint pain: consider bone metastases, pathological fracture – advise and/or refer appropriately.

Patient facing advice:

Sometimes new activity will cause soreness in your muscles and this will reduce as you get used to the new movement. Always inform your healthcare professional if you feel a new or different pain in bones or joints or pain that’s more intense than usual.

Pain with or after treatment

“After surgery scars can reduce some movement. After initial healing,  gentle stretching can help regain movement and reduce local pain”

“After radiotherapy you may have some local soreness, pain or restricted movement. It’s important to get back flexibility. Try gentle stretching and ask for physiotherapy advice”