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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Research Study

Psychotherapy of Phantom Pain in Oncology

  • Open or Close Tkachenko G*

    Oncology of the Ministry of Health, Russia

    *Corresponding author: Tkachenko G, NN Blokhin NMRC, Oncology of the Ministry of Health, Moscow, Russia

Submission: June 26, 2018;Published: November 16, 2018

Volume2 Issue1
November 2018

Abstract

Psychotherapy using the “mirror box” (by V. Ramachandran) and progressive muscle relaxation (by E. Jacobson) in combination with music are effective in correcting phantom pain in patients with malignant tumors of bones and soft tissues. Analysis of VAS data before and after the correction showed a significant reduction in phantom pain in the patients examined: from 73.9+9.0 to 58.9±7.9 scores, respectively (Student’s t-test=4.7; P< 0.05). By Wong-Baker scale, a significant decrease in the intensity of phantom pain from 7.7±1.1 to 5.7±1.1 scores (Student’s t-test=5, P< 0.05).

Keywords: Psychotherapy; Phantom pain; VAS; Wong-baker scale; Method of mirror therapy; Progressive muscular relaxation

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