A literature review about effectiveness of massage therapy for cancer pain

Salima Somani, Saima Merchant, Sharifa Lalani

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This literature review explores the effectiveness of massage therapy to reduce cancer pain. As part of the review, systematic literature search was carried out on various electronic databases and specialised journals. Included are 19 research-based articles and 8 review articles. The review suggests that cancer has become a common health problem in the world and most of the cancer patients are going through intense and unbearable pain. Studies have reported that most of the cancer patients' pain reduced with therapeutic massage. Seventy-three per cent of cancer patients use massage therapy in the USA. Few studies are available in the context of the developing world related to massage therapy and we could not find any study in the Pakistani context. There is a need to conduct an interventional study about the effectiveness of massage therapy to control cancer pain in developing countries such as Pakistan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1418-1421
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • Cancer pain
  • Cancer pain and complementary therapy
  • Effectiveness of massage in cancer pain
  • Therapeutic massage


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