Why does cancer hurt?

Cancer hurts because it induces the immune system to kill the healthy cells. As cancer cells multiply to spread throughout the body, the immune system keeps attacking the normal cells and eventually the tissues. Cells are the basic unit of human life, and specialised cells collect to form tissue. Likewise, the specialised tissues collect to form organs, and specialised organs form an organ system. It means cancer destroys the basic unit of life to attack the organ system. As cancer spreads within the body, it damages organs, nerves and bones to cause pain.

Besides this, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are a few cancer treatments that are as painful as cancer to bear. In most cases, the last stage tends to be the most painful for cancer patients as the initial stages may go unnoticed.

Generally, cancer induces pain in the spinal cord and bones. Cancer irritates the nerves around the spinal cord to cause spinal cord compression. Doctors try to treat compression in the spinal cord, as it can make people lose control over the bladder and bowel movement. Cancer can also induce pain in the bones by inducing cracks and breaking them.

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