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Oncology Acupuncture - Evidence Based Method of Supportive Care

Updated: Sep 25, 2023


Oncology acupuncture, a specialized form of acupuncture tailored to the needs of cancer patients, offers various benefits that are supported by evidence-based research.


Here are 10 ways oncology acupuncture can help cancer patients:


1. Management of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting:

Research: A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2012) found that acupuncture significantly reduced nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients compared to standard antiemetic medications.


2. Alleviation of Cancer-Related Pain:

Research: The European Journal of Cancer Care (2014) reported that acupuncture was effective in reducing pain and improving the quality of life in cancer patients with chronic pain.


3. Reduction of Cancer-Related Fatigue:

Research: A systematic review published in Cancer Nursing (2015) revealed that acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction in cancer-related fatigue.


4. Enhancement of Sleep Quality:

Research: A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2013) showed that acupuncture improved sleep quality and duration in cancer survivors with insomnia.


5. Management of Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients:

Research: The Journal of Clinical Oncology (2010) published a randomized trial demonstrating that acupuncture reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes in breast cancer patients.


6. Support for Emotional Well-being:

Research: A study published in Supportive Care in Cancer (2017) found that acupuncture improved psychological well-being and reduced anxiety and depression in cancer patients.


7. Reduction of Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms:

Research: A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2012) indicated that acupuncture reduced chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms in cancer patients.


8. Management of Hormone Therapy Side Effects:

Research: The Annals of Oncology (2011) reported that acupuncture improved symptoms such as joint pain and hot flashes in breast cancer patients receiving hormone therapy.


9. Immune System Support:

Research: A review in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2019) suggested that acupuncture may modulate immune responses and promote immune system function.


10. Enhanced Overall Quality of Life:

Research: A comprehensive review published in Current Oncology Reports (2018) highlighted that acupuncture improved various aspects of quality of life in cancer patients, including physical, emotional, and social well-being.


I have found in my clinical practice that patients get the best results by coming in regularly during active treatment. When seeking care for long term side effects post treatment, patients receive acupuncture treatments frequently for the first two months and then the sessions are spread out until major side effects have resolved.


Patients interested in integrating oncology acupuncture into their treatment plan should consult with their healthcare provider and seek qualified acupuncturists who are experienced in working with cancer patients.

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