Acupuncture & Cancer Care

All of the major modalities of cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) carry considerable side effects.  Minimizing these challenging side effects is important in order to improve the patients quality of life, to increase their ability to tolerate their oncology treatment, and to increase their chances of survival.

 

How I Can Help You

Acupuncture is rapidly becoming a common procedure in private practices and leading cancer centers across the country.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), acupuncture has been used clinically to manage cancer-related symptoms, treat side effects induced by chemotherapy or radiation therapy, boost blood cell count, and enhance lymphocyte and natural killer (NK) cell activity.  Read the NIH report on Acupuncture for Cancer Care.

 

In July 2013, I had the opportunity to fly to MD Anderson in Houston, Texas and learn evidence-based protocols for reducing the common symptoms associated with cancer and cancer treatment. To learn more about the training, please click on the following link:

 

Acupuncture Oncology Training at MD Anderson

 

Please note that all acupuncturists are not trained equally.  I have been trained by oncology experts and I know the benefits, indications, precautions, and contraindications of acupuncture in cancer care.  Further, I utilize safe, evidence-based treatment plans and keep informed on recent medical research regarding acupuncture.  This allows me to better communicate with medical providers and health professionals in order to coordinate your care and provide the best outcomes possible.

 

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, please call the office to schedule a free consultation to see if acupuncture can help you.

 

Studies on Acupuncture and Cancer Care:

 

Vomiting (emesis)

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): “Electroacupuncture for Control of Myeloablative Chemotherapy-Induced Emesis: A Randomized Controlled Trial”

 

Pain

Journal of Clinical Oncology: “Acupuncture for Pain and Dysfunction After Neck Dissection: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial”

 

Fatigue

Journal of Clinical Oncology: “Acupuncture for Cancer Related Fatigue in Patients with Breast Cancer”

 

Dry mouth (xerostomia)

European Journal of Cancer: “Sham Controlled, Randomized, Feasibility Trial of Acupuncture for Prevention of Radiation-Induced Xerostomia Among Patients with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma” 

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Changes and Saliva Production Associated with Acupuncture at LI2 Acupuncture Point: A Randomized Controlled Study”

 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: “Manual Acupuncture Improved Quality of Life in Cancer Patients with Radiation-Induced Xerostomia”

 

Hot flashes

Journal of Clinical Oncology: “Randomized, Controlled Trial of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

 

Journal of Clinical Oncology: “Acupuncture versus venlafaxine for the management of vasomotor symptoms in patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial”

 

Hot Flashes, Nausea, Vomiting, Pain, Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression, Anxiety

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture for Breast Cancer Palliative Care and Adjuvant Therapy”

 

 

Pain, Appetite, Nausea, Nervousness, Well-being in Lung Cancer Patients

Current Oncology: “The Potential Role for Acupuncture in Treating Symptoms in Patients with Lung Cancer: An Observational Longitudinal Study”

 

 

Leukemia

National Institute of Health: “Is there a Role for Complementary Therapy in the Management of Leukemia?”

 

 

Peripheral neuropathy

Acupuncture in Medicine: “Evaluation of Acupuncture in the Management of Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy”

National Institute of Health: “Clinical Randomized Controlled Study on Acupuncture for Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy Induced by Chemotherapeutic Drugs”

 

Lymphedema

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Published in the medical journal Cancer) : “Acupuncture in the Treatment of Upper-Limb Lymphedema”

 

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “A Safety and Efficacy Pilot Study of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Lymphedema”