Kidney Cancer

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Pain Control

Pain is a concern for some patients with advanced kidney cancer. It is important to let your doctor know about any pain you might have so that it can be treated. Unless your doctor knows about your pain, he or she can't help you.

There are many different forms of pain medicine, ranging from over-the-counter pain relievers to stronger drugs like morphine or other opioids.

In some cases, palliative surgery or radiation therapy may help relieve pain caused by cancer spreading to certain areas. Drugs, such as bisphosphonates or RANK ligand inhibitors, may be helpful in people whose cancer has spread to their bones. Depending on where the pain is, pain specialists may be able to do certain procedures, such as a nerve block, to lessen pain.