Acupuncture and Cancer Pain

  • Yan Cui MagramEmail author
  • Gary E. Deng


Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment in the world and is commonly used to treat pain. There is some evidence to suggest that acupuncture is more efficacious than sham acupuncture and placebo in the treatment of pain. Despite the lack of definitive evidence, acupuncture is often used to treat cancer-related pain. Common uses of acupuncture include treatment of aromatase inhibitor-induced musculoskeletal pain, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and cancer-induced bone pain. Complications of acupuncture are rare and usually minor, making it a safe method for the treatment of pain in cancer patients.


Acupuncture Cancer pain Electroacupuncture Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy Aromatase inhibitor-induced musculoskeletal pain Cancer-induced bone pain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medicine, Department of AnesthesiologyNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Integrative Medicine ServiceNew YorkUSA

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