Managing Cancer Symptoms

Managing Cancer Symptons

In the United States, acupuncture is used in Managing Cancer Symptoms treating a variety of symptoms and conditions associated with cancer and the side effects of cancer treatments. A number of cancer centers in the U.S., including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston are integrating acupuncture into cancer care. In the United States, acupuncture is used to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions associated with cancer and the side effects of cancer treatments. A number of cancer centers in the U.S., including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston are integrating acupuncture into cancer care.

Managing Cancer Symptoms – Conditions Treated
  • Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting
  • Managing Cancer Related Pain
  • Chemotherapy-Related Neutropenia
  • Cancer Fatigue
  • Radiation-Induced Xerostomia
  • Tiredness and weakness (fatigue)
  • A dry mouth
  • Breathlessness
  • hot flushes due to anti cancer treatments
Resources

NIH  The Value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care

Science Direct Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America

Cancer Research UK Acupuncture

Acupuncture in Cancer Care

Acupuncture, an ancient medical treatment originating in China, is gaining momentum and acceptance as a valid intervention in medical practice. In the past decade, acupuncture and other integrative medicine programs have been established in many major medical centers in the United States.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has defined acupuncture as “a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on the skin by a variety of techniques. The most studied mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points uses penetration of the skin by thin, solid, metallic needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.”

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