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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for cancer bone pain.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number3
Volume37
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)424-428
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

In the cancer population, painful bony metastases are common, difficult to treat and significantly reduce quality of life. Common treatments include opioid analgesics, bisphosphonates, and radiotherapy; yet these have significant side effects and are not universally effective. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is inexpensive, relatively free from side effects, and widely available. We present a case study of successful TENS therapy in a patient with cancer bone pain and discuss the rationale for using TENS in this setting.