Behavioral approach to cancer pain treatment: preliminary data of a work in progress

Licia Grazzi, Gennaro Bussone, Ernesto Zecca, Cinzia Martini

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Behavioral approaches have been used for cancer pain control. Although the usefulness of these techniques is known, it is difficult to show significant changes with standardized protocols. Our purpose was to apply behavioral techniques for improving pain control and decreasing analgesic consumption in a group of cancer patients treated by chemotherapy and radiotherapy after a surgical event. Ten biweekly sessions were fixed: 4 relaxation training and 6 electromyographic-biofeedback (EMG-BFB), and a tape of 15-minute relaxation exercises was given for home practice. Although no significant result was obtained, all patients confirmed after treatment a better control of pain. Larger groups of patients are necessary to obtain significant results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370
Number of pages1
JournalBiofeedback and Self-Regulation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Analgesic consumption
  • Behavioral treatment
  • Cancer pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Behavioral approach to cancer pain treatment: preliminary data of a work in progress'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this