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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- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health