Fighting back against chronic nerve pain: researchers get $295K to test combination therapy

March 9, 2016

During their war with cancer, it’s common for survivors to find themselves in a new battle with chronic nerve pain. Either damaged by the disease or the treatments used, some of their nerves start sending incorrect signals causing shooting, burning, tingling or numbing sensations. burning, tingling or numbing sensations. Standard painkillers often do not work well against nerve pain, and studies have suggested that a combination of psychological therapy and medication could be a more effective approach. Dr. Patricia Poulin recently received a $295K Quality of Life Research Grant from the Canadian Cancer Society to test whether an online mindfulness-based stress reduction program combined with medical treatment can reduce disability and improve quality of life among cancer survivors with chronic nerve pain. The randomized controlled trial will look at the effects of this combined treatment on stress levels and immune function compared to medical treatment alone.

Co-investigators:Tim Asmis, Cheryl Harris, John Kowal, Carrie Liska, Robin Morash, Howard Nathan, Roanne Segal, Cathy Smyth, Xinni Song, Monica Taljaard.

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