Cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the past 40 years in the UK. However one major problem is that the side effects from conventional treatment make it hard for many patients to continue with their therapy.
Acupuncture is a very useful adjunct to conventional therapies as there is a wealth of evidence that shows the benefits of Chinese medicine for cancer care. Fatigue and pain are some of the most common conditions we help with, as well as nausea and vomiting, hot flushes, and peripheral neuropathy (pain, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs). I certainly wish my father had access to acupuncture when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1981.
Watch this British Acupuncture Council video marking World Cancer Day 2020 to see what oncologists have to say about acupuncture.