Integrative Medicine Therapies for Pain Management in Cancer Patients

Author: Deng G1
1From the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.
Conference/Journal: Cancer J.
Date published: 2019 Sep/Oct
Other: Volume ID: 25 , Issue ID: 5 , Pages: 343-348 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1097/PPO.0000000000000399. , Word Count: 115

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.

PMID: 31567462 DOI: 10.1097/PPO.0000000000000399