We know that cancer care is much more than just your treatment. At West Cancer Center, you have access to comprehensive and individualized wellness and support resources from diagnosis all the way through survivorship.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of symptoms related to cancer diagnosis or treatment alongside the clinical plan designated by your doctors. It is used to address and control pain, and to relieve nausea or vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes, xerostomia, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, sleeping problems, and more. Though acupuncture and other integrative oncology therapies are not a cure or standard treatment of cancer, it offers patients holistic options for relief throughout their cancer journey.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Ancient theories of Chinese medicine suggest that a vital force or energy called Qi (pronounced "che"), flows through the body along channels called meridians. Acupuncture alters this flow to restore or optimize good health. Medical research shows that acupuncture works by stimulating nerves. This releases substances that can reduce cancer sumptoms. It also releases some of our own natural morphine like substances, endorphines and serotonin, which can promote a feeling of well-being.

How Acupuncture Can Help You

  • Acupuncture may help patients manage the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy such as vomiting, nausea, poor appetite, weight loss, fatigue, and anxiety.
  • Acupuncture may help improve overall functionality by decreasing cancer related symptoms; thereby, allowing patients to better tolerate their cancer treatment.
  • Patients who receive acupuncture have also experienced using lower doses of pain medication and have been proven to reduce joiny pain related to anti-hormone treatments used for breast cancer.