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What Is Cancer Pain?

Pain can be defined in various ways. Webster's defines pain as "physical suffering associated with a bodily disorder"; or as "a basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus, received by naked nerve endings, characterized by physical discomfort".

Whatever the definition, pain is a sensation that hurts, and mesothelioma patients should be aware of both its physical and emotional aspects.

Understanding pain requires a basic knowledge of how our body reacts. Pain is transmitted through the body when our nerve endings detect damage to a part of the body. The nerves transmit the warning through defined nerve pathways to the brain, where the signals are interpreted as pain. Sometimes pain results when the nerve pathways themselves are injured. You feel pain when your brain receives the signal from your nerves that damage is occurring. Pain from mesothelioma, as with pain caused by other injuries, is transmitted this way.