Integrative and behavioral approaches to the treatment of cancer-related neuropathic pain.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Integrative oncology is the synthesis of mainstream cancer care and evidence-based complementary therapies. Complementary strategies include massage therapies, acupuncture, fitness, and mind-body techniques, which take advantage of the reciprocal relationship between the mind and body. Neuropathic pain--and pain more generally--is part of a complex process involving the whole physical and psychosocial being, therefore requiring an integrative management approach. Several studies have demonstrated, for example, that social context plays an important role in the perception of pain and that a patient's coping strategies can influence the persistence of pain. In this article, we briefly describe research illustrating the promise of integrative approaches for the treatment of cancer-related neuropathic pain.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cassileth, BR; Keefe, FJ

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 Suppl 2 /

Start / End Page

  • 19 - 23

PubMed ID

  • 20489193

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1549-490X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1634/theoncologist.2009-S504


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England