Survey Uncovers High Prevalence of Chronic Pain Among Cancer Survivors

By Staff Writer

Chronic pain is highly prevalent among individuals with cancer, according to the results of a new survey published in the journal Cancer.

The findings are a reminder that successfully treating cancer is not the only thing that patients need to worry about. There are still many other considerations that may impact their quality of life and make it difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks.

For the survey, researchers from the University of Michigan asked a group of nearly 200 cancer patients about their experiences. The results showed that more than 40 percent felt pain at some point following diagnosis. A full 20 percent said that they experienced chronic pain two or more years after their diagnosis.

Given the constantly increasing cancer survival rates, many people who have received a diagnosis can expect to live for several years after surgery. However, the results suggest that for many people, these are not necessarily healthy years.

The researchers said that the high prevalence of chronic pain, even after successful treatment, shows that there is still much work to be done in making sure that cancer patients not only beat their disease but also have a good quality of life following therapy.