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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2011, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (1): 11-14.doi: 10.3736/jcim20110103

Special Issue: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Clinical evaluation of the efficacy of external therapies of traditional Chinese medicine in treatment of cancer pain

Shi-jie Zhu(), Li-qun Jia, Pei-wen Li   

  1. Department of Oncology of Integrative Chinese and Western Medicine, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2010-08-30 Accepted:2010-09-14 Online:2011-01-20 Published:2011-02-15
  • Contact: Zhu Shi-jie E-mail:zhushijie@yahoo.cn

There lack scientific methods for evaluating the treatment of cancer pain with external therapies of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The level of clinical study in this field needs to be improved. The authors assert that when external therapies of TCM are applied to treat cancer pain, different types of cancer pain should be distinguished and treatment should be applied according to such a differentiation. Under this framework scientific evaluation can be conducted. The authors also assert that the findings of randomized, blinded and controlled trials should be given particular attention, and it is necessary to include titration of morphine into clinical trails of external therapies for the treatment of cancer pain, not only complying with the three-ladder principle for treating cancer pain suggested by the World Health Organization, but also not influencing the effect evaluation of external therapies of TCM on cancer pain. Patient diaries recording pain were revised as observation indexes. The primary indicator of efficacy was the pain intensity score and the secondary indicators were the equivalent of morphine and the remission rate of pain. The time to onset, remission duration and comparison of assessment of pain influence can mirror the characteristics of external therapies of TCM on cancer pain.

Key words: external therapies, pain, neoplasms, evaluation studies

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