Not everyone with cancer has cancer pain, but some do. If you have cancer that's spread or recurred, your chance of having pain is higher. Cancer pain takes many forms. It can be dull, achy, sharp or burning. It can be constant, intermittent, mild, moderate or severe. How much pain you feel depends on a number of factors, including the type of cancer you have, how advanced it is, where it's situated and your pain tolerance.
For certain patients with late-stage cancer that has spread to the abdominal cavity, a unique chemotherapy procedure offers hope of increased survival. Unlike traditional chemotherapy that is delivered intravenously, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, also known as HIPEC, works by delivering high-dose chemotherapy directly to cancer cells inside the abdominal cavity.
Pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. That's because the disease often is hidden and doesn't cause symptoms until it has spread. But for a small number of pancreatic cancer cases, one clue can help doctors find the tumor early, while it's still curable. That clue is an unexpected diagnosis of diabetes.