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Pain is a sensation of discomfort, distress, or agony. It may be acute or chronic. Acute pain is moderate to severe and lasts a relatively short time (usually less than three months). It is usually a signal that body tissue is being injured in some way, and it generally disappears when the injury heals. Chronic pain may range from mild to severe, and is present to some degree for longer periods of time (generally lasting longer than three to six months). Because pain is unique to each individual, a person's pain cannot be evaluated by someone else.
With cancer, will I have pain?
Many people believe individuals with cancer must be in pain. This is not necessarily the case. Further, if it could not be prevented, when pain is present, it can often be reduced or alleviated. Pain management is an important topic to discuss with your physician as soon as a diagnosis of cancer is made or suspected.
Pain may occur as a result of cancer or for other reasons. It is normal to have occasional general discomfort, headaches, pains, and muscle strains in daily life, even without cancer. But, even after a cancer diagnosis, not every pain is related to or caused by cancer. Cancer pain may depend on the type of cancer, the stage (extent) of the disease, and an individual's threshold (tolerance) for pain.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.