Distraction draws a person into a highly interesting activity to take his or her mind off pain or discomfort.
Distraction has been found to help when people are experiencing anxiety, nausea, or pain. It does not cure cancer. But it has been shown that distracting a person’s mind from unpleasant thoughts, procedures, or pain may help them feel better.
Many different types of activities and therapies can provide distraction. Some of them have other therapeutic benefits, too. These activities and therapies include:
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, such as:
Talking with friends or relatives
Listening to the radio
Doing needlework or puzzles
Building models or painting
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.