The most commonly used complementary therapies for pain include mind-body techniques, acupuncture, and massage. Both a systematic review92 and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) technology assessment panel93 have supported the use of hypnosis for cancer-related pain. There is also randomized trial evidence that relaxation and imagery reduce pain in cancer patients.94 There is good evidence that acupuncture is effective for both chronic and acute nonmalignant pain.95 Support for its use in oncology comes from a recent randomized trial involving 90 patients with refractory neuropathic cancer pain: pain scores at 60 days fell by more than a third in the acupuncture group compared to little change in patients receiving placebo (P < 0.001 for the difference between groups).96 Several small randomized trials indicate that massage can reduce pain in cancer patients at varying stages of disease.97,98 In the largest study to date, 87 hospitalized cancer patients were randomized to massage or to control on a crossover basis. Pain and anxiety scores fell by approximately 40% during massage compared with little or no change during control sessions.99 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines currently recommend consideration of massage and acupuncture for refractory cancer pain.100

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