Acupuncture for Cancer Pain and Related Symptoms

Cancer Pain (DA Marcus, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-013-0321-3

Cite this article as:
Lu, W. & Rosenthal, D.S. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2013) 17: 321. doi:10.1007/s11916-013-0321-3
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  1. Topical Collection on Cancer Pain


Cancer pain is one of most prevalent symptoms in patients with cancer. Acupuncture and related techniques have been suggested for the management of cancer pain. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines for adult cancer pain recommends acupuncture, as one of several integrative interventions, in conjunction with pharmacologic intervention as needed. This review presents the latest available evidence regarding the use of acupuncture for cancer pain. It also provides “actionable” acupuncture protocols for specific cancer pain conditions and related symptoms in order to provide more clinically relevant solutions for clinicians and cancer patients with pain. These conditions include postoperative cancer pain, postoperative nausea and vomiting, postsurgical gastroparesis syndrome, opioid-induced constipation, opioid-induced pruritus, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, aromatase inhibitor-associated joint pain, and neck dissection-related pain and dysfunction.


Acupuncture Acupuncture protocol Aromatase inhibitor-associated joint pain Cancer pain Chemotherapy-induced neuropathy Clinical practice Clinical trials Electroacupuncture Evidence Neck dissection-related pain Oncology acupuncture Opioid-induced constipation Opioid-induced pruritus Postoperative cancer pain Postoperative nausea and vomiting Postsurgical gastroparesis syndrome 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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