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Distraction draws a patient into a highly interesting activity to take his or her mind off pain or discomfort.
Distraction has been found to be effective when patients are experiencing anxiety, nausea, or pain. It does not cure cancer. But it has been shown that distracting patients’ minds from unpleasant thoughts, procedures, or pain can help them feel better.
Many different types of activities and therapies can provide distraction. Some of the therapies that provide effective distraction in addition to other therapeutic benefits include the following:
Virtual reality and computer games
There are also many activities that may be part of your daily life that can distract your mind from unpleasant things, including:
Talking with friends or relatives
Listening to the radio
Doing needlework or puzzles
Building models or painting
Distraction, as an addition to your cancer treatment plan, has the potential to be pleasant and productive. It should not replace the care and treatment provided by your cancer care team. Always talk with your healthcare provider for more information.
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