[MOL] TODAY'S NEWS - Cancer-Related Pain [02884] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] TODAY'S NEWS - Cancer-Related Pain

Cancer-Related Pain a PENS Away?

A recent report concludes that an electrical nerve stimulation technique may be useful in the treatment of cancer patients in which the disease has spread to the bones. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say the technique, known as percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS), involves the insertion of needles into tissue surrounding cancer-affected bones and then passing a small electric current through the needles to stimulate local nerves. Trials of the technique in three cancer patients are reported to have resulted in significant alleviation of pain for 2-3 days in two patients. Authors say the findings suggest that PENS can be useful in the treatment of cancer-related pain in combination with analgesic drugs. The report is in The Clinical Journal of Pain (1998;14:320-323).