As a volunteer at the MacMillan Center at NHS Southend Hospital, treating people for the side-effects of radiation therapy has become a specialist area of mine.
Many patients ask for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) methods to enhance the efficacy of their cancer treatment, to boost their immune system, and to reduce side effects and increase tolerability of conventional care. Acupuncture is in fact one of the most frequently requested and offered treatments.
TCM works synergistically with Western biomedicine methods to alleviate symptoms irrespective of the patient’s physical constitution, disease stage, pathology, and possible complications. The inclusion of acupuncture, moxibustion, Qi Gong and diet therapy in the overall treatment strategy can improve the patient’s chances of recovery.
Integration of Chinese Medicine and Western medicine can improve long-term therapeutic effectiveness, especially for patients with intermediate-stage or later-stage cancer, by alleviating their suffering, raising their quality of life, and reducing the rate or recurrence and metastasis.
Common side-effects of cancer treatment include:
Nausea and Vomiting
Cancer related Fatigue
Hot Flushes and Night Sweats
Constipation and Bowel disturbances
Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)
Dysphagia (Difficulty swallowing)
Anxiety and Depression