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BY Molly Adams

One of the earliest and most common side effects of pancreatic cancer is pain. The pancreas sits below your sternum in your mid-abdomen and is surrounded by several other organs and nerves. “As tumors on the pancreas grow, they often push against these other body parts, which can be very painful,” says pancreatic cancer researcher Shubham Pant, M.D.

Pain can be isolated to the abdomen, or travel to your lower back, and can...

Illustration of a pancreas, with doctors and a patient showing treatment options for pancreatic cancer related pain.

BY Devon Carter

Many types of cancers can spread to the bone, leading to areas of damage called lesions. 80% of patients with metastatic prostate cancer develop...

BY Uzondu Osuagwu, M.D.

I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a physician. I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 6, and my doctor back then just had the greatest...

BY Uzondu Osuagwu, M.D.

I got into medical school thinking I’d specialize in either cardiology or orthopedic surgery. But one of the great things about it is that you get to see and do so many different things before you finally finish. That’s how I discovered I liked being in the operating room, but didn’t necessarily want to be a surgeon.

I do enjoy physiology and pharmacology, though. So, anesthesiology seemed like a good fit. The only problem was...

Pain management specialist Uzondu Osuagwu, M.D., in his white coat and medical-grade face mask

BY Sarah Zizinia

When Annette Rios was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, doctors told her they’d need to amputate her right leg just below...

BY Ronda Wendler

When Trena Robertson’s left hip began aching, she visited an orthopedic specialist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her hometown.  

BY Devon Carter

Steroids are a natural part of your body. They’re hormones that help regulate your body’s reaction to infection or injury, the speed of your...

BY Molly Adams

When it comes to treating cancer pain, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Patient preference, allergies and potential drug interactions...

BY Molly Adams

Nearly half of cancer patients experience pain caused by the cancer itself, cancer treatment or factors that aren’t related to cancer. When...

BY Devon Carter

Opioids are medications that can help manage pain caused by cancer and its treatment by blocking pain signals from injured nerves to the brain...