Complementary and Alternative Treatments for the Management of Cancer-Related Pain

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Abstract

The patient with a new diagnosis of cancer is poised to begin a series of remarkable challenges. The integrity of their bodies has been violated, and the uncontrolled growth of a cancer has taken on a life of its own within them. The treatments that will be required, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, will demand their own price on the patient’s well being. This price takes the form of time required for clinic and hospital visits, loss of income and out-of-pocket costs associated with treatment, side effects of the treatment themselves, and, of course, the unknown impact of the treatments on the cancer. It is not surprising that patients look for help and hope wherever possible, including outside of conventional medical care, to ease their way through this journey.

Keywords

Income Morphine Neuropathy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Anesthesia and Family Medicine, Health Centre Pain ClinicMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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