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SPECIAL ARTICLE (GUIDELINES)
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 37-41

The Indian society for study of pain, cancer pain special interest group guidelines on complementary therapies for cancer pain


1 Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Management, CK Birla Hospital for Women, Gurugram, Haryana, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Onco-anaesthesia and Palliative Medicine, Dr. B.R.A. Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Pain and Palliative Care, Cytecare Hospital, Bengaluru, India
5 Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India
6 Department of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain, R.G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Raghu S Thota
Department of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute, E Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijpn.ijpn_83_19

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The Indian Society for Study of Pain (ISSP), cancer pain Special Interest Group (SIG) guidelines on complementary therapies for cancer pain in adults provides a structured, stepwise approach which will help to improve the management of cancer pain and to provide the patients with a minimally acceptable quality of life. The guidelines have been developed based on the available literature and evidence, to suit the needs, patient population, and situations in India. A questionnaire based on the key elements of each sub drafts addressing certain inconclusive areas where evidence was lacking, was made available on the ISSP website and circulated by e-mail to all the ISSP and Indian Association of Palliative Care members. We recommend that psychological interventions, including psychoeducation, are useful and should be considered in patients with cancer pain and psychological distress. Furthermore, physical and complementary treatment can be used as an adjunctive therapy for patients with cancer pain.


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