People undergoing cancer treatment can have fatigue, either as a result of the illness or as a side effect of the treatment.
According to the guidelines produced by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), cancer-related fatigue is
“a distressing, persistent, subjective sense of physical, emotional, and/or cognitive tiredness or exhaustion related to cancer or cancer treatment that is not proportional to recent activity and interferes with usual functioning.”
There is a range of interventions that can help with fatigue, including hypnosis, appropriate physical exercise, yoga, counselling (CBT), massage and education.
Acupuncture is a promising additional intervention, with the added benefit of potentially being able to help with other distressing symptoms and improve overall wellbeing and quality of life.
Several researchers have recommended acupuncture to be offered to people undergoing cancer treatment to help with fatigue, and the NCCN has included acupuncture in the guidelines for supportive care.
If you are interested in acupuncture to help with your symptoms, please discuss this with your medical team.
Also please feel welcome to come to our clinic for a free 15-minute consultation to find out how we would approach your particular situation, to ask us any questions you may have and to find out what you may expect from treatment.
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Lau CHY, Wu X, Chung VCH, et al. Acupuncture and Related Therapies for Symptom Management in Palliative Cancer Care: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Medicine. 2016;95(9):e2901. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000002901