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 inserted, some people feel a slight ache, dull pain, tingling, or electrical sensation for a few seconds. Once the needles are in place, they should not hurt anymore. The needles are usually left in for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the condition treated. It doesn’t hurt when the needles are removed. Acupuncture is now widely available, but it should only be done by a licensed acupuncturist. Ask your doctor, nurse, or social worker where to get acupuncture.

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

Last Medical Review: 06/10/2014
Last Revised: 06/10/2014