Reluctance to report pain

Concerns about "being good"

Cultural issues

Belief that suffering is deserved

Concerns about "being good"

People with cancer may feel they have to focus all their efforts and energy, as well as the efforts of their doctors, on treating and curing the cancer.

You may be afraid that by describing your pain, or asking for pain relief, you'll be seen as a "problem patient."

Sometimes people avoid reporting pain to their health care team because they feel that bearing up under the pain is what's appropriate, and that a "good patient" will suffer in silence.

But the truth is that being a good patient includes being completely honest with your health care team about your cancer and any related symptoms, including pain.

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