Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma Overview

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Pain control for kidney cancer

Pain is a concern for some people with advanced kidney cancer. Be sure to tell your doctor or nurse about any pain you are having. Unless they know about your pain, they can’t help you.

There are many types of pain medicine. For most people, these medicines will control the pain. For the treatment to work best, the pain medicines need to be taken on a schedule, not just when the pain gets bad. Some long-acting forms of morphine and other drugs need to be taken only once or twice a day.

In some cases, surgery or radiation can help relieve pain caused by cancer spreading to certain areas. This is called palliative treatment. In people whose cancer has spread to the bones, drugs called bisphosphonates may also be helpful. Sometimes experts in pain control can do special procedures such as a nerve block to lessen pain.

To learn more about treating cancer pain, see the Cancer Pain section of our website or Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain.

Last Medical Review: 04/29/2014
Last Revised: 02/10/2016