Distraction as a Complementary Therapy for Cancer
What is distraction?
Distraction draws a person into a highly interesting activity to take their mind off
pain or discomfort.
Can distraction help people with cancer?
Distraction has been found to help when people are experiencing anxiety, nausea, or
mild pain. It does not cure cancer or replace other treatments. But it has been shown
that distracting a person’s mind from unpleasant thoughts, procedures, or pain may
help them feel better.
How does distraction work?
Many different types of activities and therapies can provide distraction. Some of
them have other therapeutic benefits, too. These activities and therapies include:
There are also many activities that may be part of your daily life that can distract
your mind from unpleasant things, such as:
Talking with friends or relatives
Listening to music
Praying or repeating a mantra
Doing needlework or puzzles
Building models or painting
Are there any possible problems or complications linked to distraction?
Distraction, as part of your cancer treatment plan, can be pleasant and productive.
It should not replace the care and treatment provided by your cancer care team.