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Cancer Care

Chinese medicine is an effective therapy for many of the conditions that are reported by patients with cancer. It is a unique modality in that it relieves physical symptoms while helping patients discover their inner resources of strength, courage and peace. The combination of modern science with the traditional complementary modalities is often the most effective treatment plan.

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Today, there are many therapies that patients can choose from for dealing with all stages of cancer. We practice acupuncture as a complementary medicine and work in conjunction with Oncologists and other specialists. The guiding principle of our practice is to improve the quality of life for all patients. This includes reduction of pain, anxiety and symptoms and aids in side effect management. For the past five years, most of my continuing education has been in the field of Oncology. In 2009, I received training in Oncological Acupuncture by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. MSKCC is one of the most highly regarded cancer hospitals in the world, offering state-of-the-art clinical acupuncture on site since 1999.

There are many studies in Western medical literature that show the effectiveness of acupuncture for issues such as pain, surgical recovery, nausea, constipation, fatigue and other serious conditions that cancer patients experience.

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Acupuncture and Cancer Care

By Dory Ellen Fish

Acupuncture is an excellent healing modality for every aspect of cancer. Today, many people think of acupuncture for relieving back pain, quitting smoking, or easing nausea from chemotherapy. But there are many ways that acupuncture can play a key role in recovery from cancer, regardless of the course of medical treatment. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has offered acupuncture since 1999 and has documented the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments for post-operative pain as well as many lingering chemotherapy and radiation side effects. In my acupuncture clinic, I commonly see positive responses to conditions such as constipation, diarrhea, low blood counts, pain caused by incisions, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, reactions from steroids, and insomnia.

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