Hopkins Hollis, A.S. (2010). Acupuncture as a treatment modality for the management of cancer pain: The state of the science. Oncology Nursing Forum, 37, E344–E348.doi: 10.1188/10.ONF.E344-E348
To explore the current state of the science regarding acupuncture as a treatment modality for cancer pain
TYPE OF STUDY: Systematic review
A total of 130 studies from 2000 to 2009 were retrieved.
The use of acupuncture as a complementary treatment for the management of cancer pain may have the potential to improve the quality of life of patients with cancer. Benefits of the addition of acupuncture for cancer pain management must be supported by evidence of safety and effectiveness. A synthesis of the current evidence reveals a lack of level I and level II studies pertaining to acupuncture as an intervention for the management of cancer pain. The nonexperimental studies cannot adequately infer causality.