TENS Use for Pain Control

Ultima Vez Modificado:: 26 de agosto de 2007

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

My wife has a low-grade lymphoma, and the current treatment is ?wait and watch?. She has no pain from it. Right know she is having some unrelated back pain, and a pain management doctor are thinking of using a Tens Unit or EMS to help control that pain. We have previously been told not to use a Tens Unit or EMS if she has lymphoma. I can not find any information to support that. Are there any potential negative impacts on her lymphoma if she does use the Tens Unit or EMS treatment?

Answer:

Lora Packel MS, PT, Coordinator of Cancer Therapy Services for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, responds:

According to the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, TENS is a low-risk intervention for pain management in the person with cancer. Some practitioners would recommend avoiding the application of TENS directly over a localized tumor. The ACS and NCI websites contain good information on this topic.

American Cancer Society

National Cancer Institute


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