Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma Overview

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Treating Kidney Cancer TOPICS

Pain control for kidney cancer

Pain is a major 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.

For most people, treatment with morphine or other opioids (the strongest pain medicines) will work to control the pain. For the treatment to work best, the pain medicines must be taken on a regular 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 may 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.

Last Medical Review: 11/27/2012
Last Revised: 04/01/2014