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Oncology Pain and Complementary Therapy

Alice Running
Elizabeth Turnbeaugh
CJON 2011, 15(4), 374-379 DOI: 10.1188/11.CJON.374-379

Half of all patients with cancer experience some level of pain, so pain management is an important topic for oncology nurses. Pharmacologic measures traditionally are the primary intervention for bone, visceral, neuropathic, and procedural pain; however, many patients are turning to an integrative approach of Western and complementary therapies for pain and symptom management. The authors explored the current evidence concerning the effectiveness of complementary therapies in relation to cancer pain and symptom control.

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