Monday, April 03, 2006

Acupuncture For The Cancer Patient

While your oncologist is treating the cancer directly, I can treat the patient, which is to say improve the quality of life (QOL). This is a great use for acupuncture. Here are a few details of what acupuncture can do for a cancer patient

Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation:
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • Radiotherapy-induced complications
  • Cancer-related dyspnea (difficulty breathing)
  • Bone marrow suppression
  • Suppressed immune system such as shingles
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Poor appetite
General symptoms:
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Relaxing the nervous system to treat emotional distress. According to the Wellness Community this is the most common and under-reported side-effect of cancer.
  • Treatment-related hot flashes
  • Postsurgical complications
  • Restorative care post-treatment

Kenneth Conklin MD PhD wrote a good review (full text) : The Use of Acupuncture in The Cancer Patient