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Study finds approaches such as acupuncture, yoga and massage therapy are especially popular for pain management.
Colorado University’s Catherine Jankowski is chair of NCCN’s panel on cancer-related fatigue. It recommends yoga, acupuncture and more.
Both approaches may offer a nonpharmaceutical option to use instead of or alongside opioids pain medication.
Chemotherapy-induced nerve damage is common among cancer patients and is difficult to treat.
The benefits were still apparent even 40 weeks after acupuncture therapy was completed.
Expert panel recommends complementary approaches including acupuncture, yoga and massage, but more research is needed.
Demonstrating the power of yoga, tai chi, massage, diet, exercise, acupuncture and other integrative oncology practices
An integrative approach to reduce treatment-related side effects and enhance survival
A family physician diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Brian Koffman cofounded the CLL Society. He lives in Claremont, California.
The need for better pain management for cancer survivors is urgent.
Acupuncture was associated with a steeper and more sustained reduction in chronic pain for cancer survivors than pain medications.
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is the most common and onerous side effect of neurotoxic chemotherapy.
Acupuncture has been shown to relieve cancer-related insomnia.
Liem Quang Le, DAOM, is an acupuncturist in the Integrative Medicine Department at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
Yoga, meditation, acupuncture and more can be safely used to relieve side effects of standard treatment.
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