Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain

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In acupuncture, very thin needles are put into the body at certain points and at various depths and angles. Each point is thought to control the feeling of pain in a different part of the body. When the needle is put in, some people feel a slight ache, dull pain, tingling, or electrical sensation for a few seconds. Once the needles are in place, they shouldn’t hurt. The needles are usually left in for 15 to 30 minutes. It doesn’t hurt when the needles are removed. Acupuncture is now widely available, but it should only be done by a licensed, certified acupuncturist. Ask your cancer care team where to get acupuncture.

    Precaution: If you are getting chemotherapy, talk to your doctor before starting acupuncture.

Last Medical Review: 07/15/2015
Last Revised: 07/15/2015