Ok, I know several of you will be shaking your heads at this questions, but humor me.
I know that the Chemo and radiation make patients feel horrible and sick. Is the actual cancer painful though?
My father has NHL. The journey started with simple symptoms, an itchy head, then a dead leg. the famous last words from the doc as they prep him for surgery "don't worry, it's not cancer"
Through all this he never said he was in any pain. Until the chemo and radiation started.
1 year later - no more cancer
6 months later (last month) - cancer is back. they only found it because of his check up. no pain.
So, i know that some cancer is more agressive than others, and I'm sure that there is pain associated with some, but I'm talking in general terms.
Answer by jspencer1014 at 5:55 AM on Jun. 6, 2011
I think it depends on the type of cancer. My mom died of cancer and while she didn't have a really painful type of cancer (like lung cancer) she did have a slower moving cancer that basically depleted her of all her energy and gradually just made her feel bad in general. So probably it would have been painful if on Monday she felt fine, like her normal self, and then on Wednesday she was completely anemic and barely able to walk across the room. In the end her platelets were almost completely depleted and she had a brain hemorrhage....I hope that wasn't painful but I have a a feeling it probably was. I guess I think any type of cancer that is going to ultimately kill you is probably at some point painful.
Answer by Syphon at 6:39 AM on Jun. 1, 2011
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Answer by caramelH at 5:41 AM on Jun. 6, 2011