Pain Neuroscience Education in cancer survivors with persistent pain: A pilot study

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2020 Oct;24(4):239-244. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2020.06.027. Epub 2020 Jul 11.


Purpose: To describe the Pilot Study: Pain Neuroscience Education in Cancer Survivors and describe the innovative educational component of Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE).

Design: Quasi experimental design.

Method: The PNE program, encompassing a one-on-one education session and an information leaflet was given to 30 cancer survivors. At baseline and two weeks after the PNE, participants were asked to fill out following outcome measures; pain intensity, pain catastrophizing, and HRQoL.

Findings: Following PNE, a significant decrease on pain intensity (p = 0.001), on the SF-36 subscale pain (p = 0.003) and for the following PCS subscales: Helplessness (p < 0.001), Rumination (p = 0.002) and Total score (p < 0.001) was found compared to baseline.

Conclusions: Although the current results need to be verified in a larger randomized, controlled trial, preliminary evidence shows a decrease in pain intensity and pain catastrophizing following PNE in cancer survivors with persistent pain.

Keywords: Cancer survivors; Chronic pain; Pain catastrophizing; Pain education; Pain intensity; Quality of life.

MeSH terms

  • Cancer Survivors*
  • Catastrophization
  • Chronic Pain*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Pilot Projects