Integrative Medicine for Pain Management in Oncology

Publication Date: September 19, 2022

Key Points

Key Points

  • Effective pain management is of critical importance throughout the cancer care trajectory.
  • Pain management requires an interdisciplinary approach and should include both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, where appropriate.
  • Integrative medicine includes interventions such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, and yoga that are recommended for symptom and pain management.
  • The key guiding principle of integrative medicine is to use these interventions along with conventional pain management approaches (e.g., medications, radiation, injections, physical therapies). It is not intended to replace conventional interventions.

Pain Management

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Figure 1. Integrative Therapies for Cancer Pain


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