Lately, I have started treating a number of new patients with breast cancer. Some have already gone through surgical procedures along with chemotherapy and radiation; some have opted to have surgery but decided to forego chemo/radiation therapies.
The good news is that timely diagnosis and early surgery offer a high possibility of a cure for solid breast tumors. However, the battle against breast cancer, just like all cancer cases, is long, arduous, and often painful.
Most patients with cancer ask questions such as: Can acupuncture help me? Will the pain and swelling go down? Can I ever regain my strength? Can acupuncture address side-effects of chemotherapies and radiation?
While the degree of beneficial results from acupuncture treatment is dependent on various clinical factors, the answer to the question “can acupuncture help me?” is, YES! It can definitely help in the care of the cancer patient.