11 Questions on Acupuncture for the Management of Cancer Related-Pain

Steven A. King, MD, MS

Sample: True or false? In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture has been shown to reduce the use of opioids among patients with cancer-related pain.

Pain is a common symptom among cancer patients, but it is inadequately managed in approximately 50% of these patients. Opioid analgesics and nonopioid and over-the-counter medications are recommended to alleviate cancer-related pain. The highly addictive properties of opioids, however, have prompted leading medical organizations to recommend nonpharmacologic approaches, including acupuncture, to help control cancer-related pain.2Is acupuncture a viable pain management alternative for cancer patients? In the quiz below, answer 11 questions on recent research to get more insight.