Oncology Support

Acupuncture has been accepted for many years as part of nonpharmacological intervention for symptom management for patients undergoing conventional cancer therapy and cancer-related ailments. These symptoms may include treatment related side effects of:

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Vasomotor symptoms of hot flushes and sweats

  • Fatigue

  • Constipation and diarrhoea

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Xerostomia (dry mouth) caused by radiotherapy

  • Neuropathy, pain and numbness in the limbs caused by nerve damage during chemotherapy

  • General and joint pain, including pain from scarring and surgery

References:

Lu, W., Dean-Clower, E., Doherty-Gilman, A., & Rosenthal, D. S. (2008). The value of acupuncture in cancer care. Hematology/oncology clinics of North America, 22(4), 631–viii. doi.org/10.1016/j.hoc.2008.04.005

Chien, T. J., Liu, C. Y., & Hsu, C. H. (2013). Integrating acupuncture into cancer care. Journal of traditional and complementary medicine, 3(4), 234–239. doi.org/10.4103/2225-4110.119733

Kudre, D., Chen, Z., Richard, A. et al. Multidisciplinary Outpatient Cancer Rehabilitation Can Improve Cancer Patients’ Physical and Psychosocial Status—a Systematic Review. Curr Oncol Rep 22, 122 (2020). doi.org/10.1007/s11912-020-00979-8