Pain is a big problem for people with kidney cancer, especially if the cancer is an advanced stage and has spread to nearby organs or the bones.
Up to 80% of advanced cancer patients experience pain, according to one report from the Cleveland Clinic.
Another study published in The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine finds up to 50% of people continue to experience pain, resulting in functional limitations, even years after cancer treatment has ended.
Cancer pain and post-cancer pain can be moderate to severe and affect your ability to participate in daily activities and your overall quality of life.
Sources of Kidney Cancer Pain
If you experience pain on one side of the body between the upper abdomen and back, this is called “flank pain,” coming from your kidney, likely from a tumor pressing on the organ. You may also experience pain if the tumor has grown and is pressing on nearby organs or nerves.
Pain is one of the many side effects of cancer treatments. Radiation therapy may cause burning sensations or painful scars, and chemotherapy has been known for causing mouth sores and nerve damage.
Postoperative pain, if you have had surgery to remove tumors or a kidney, can also compromise your life quality.
If your kidney cancer has spread to your bones, it is called bone metastasis. This condition may cause excruciating pain and may even cause your bones to break.
About one-third of people with kidney cancer eventually develop bone metastasis, according to one 2016 report from the International Journal of Molecular Studies.