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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


humor therapy  listen  (HYOO-mer THAYR-uh-pee)

  A type of therapy that uses humor to help relieve pain and stress and improve a person’s sense of well-being. It may be used to help people cope with a serious disease, such as cancer. Humor therapy may include laughter exercises, clowns, and comedy movies, books, games, and puzzles. It is a type of complementary therapy. Also called laughter therapy.