Integrative Medicine Therapies for Pain Management in Cancer Patients

Pain management for cancer patients should include pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. Integrative medicine therapies, such as mind-body practice, acupuncture, massage therapy, and music therapy, have been studied for their roles in pain management. Data from randomized controlled trials support the effect of hypnosis, acupuncture, and music therapy in reduction of pain. Mindfulness meditation, yoga, qigong, and massage therapy, although may not reduce pain per se, can relieve anxiety and mood changes, which are commonly associated with pain. In clinical practice, one should also consider burdens and risks to patients, patient preference, and the presence or absence of better alternatives when making decisions on whether an integrative medicine therapy is of clinical value.
Source: The Cancer Journal - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research

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Source: WebMD Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Caregiving End of life Pain Management Source Type: blogs
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Source: The Patient - Patient-Centered Outcomes Research - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Gerontologist - Category: Geriatrics Tags: Clin Gerontol Source Type: research
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Source: Nursing Open - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Source: The Lancet Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Asian Pac J Cancer Prev Source Type: research
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Source: HealthSkills Weblog - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Coping strategies Pain Pain conditions Research cannabis medicinal cannabis qualitative Source Type: blogs
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Source: Cancer Journal - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Cancer J Source Type: research
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