Each year 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer. Luckily, one third of those cases can be cured with early diagnosis and treatment, most often with a battery of medications and methods, such as chemotherapy and radiation. While necessary and helpful, many of the drugs for cancer treatment are also hard on the body, causing patients to suffer negative side effects such as pain, fatigue, dry mouth, nausea, and vomiting. In addition to being unpleasant, these side effects can have an adverse impact on a patient’s physical and emotional health.
According to both the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, there is sound scientific evidence that proves acupuncture, when performed by a trained professional, can help alleviate nausea and headaches, two common side effects of cancer treatments. Other studies focusing on cancer and oncology have shown additional benefits of particular interest to cancer patients, such as:
- Boosting the immune system
- Reducing general inflammation
- Calming the body
- Reducing nausea and vomiting
- Easing fatigue and exhaustion
- Aiding night sweats and fevers
- Addressing depression and anxiety
In addition to acupuncture and cancer treatments, it’s important to have support from friends, family, doctors, and other cancer patients. Here in Wilmington, NC the oncologists at the Zimmer Cancer Center, located in New Hanover Memorial Regional Medical Center, offer cutting edge care and compassion, in a personalized, family-centered environment. The mission at the Zimmer Cancer Center is to attend to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families, as well as their physical care. There are also local support groups available, some of which focus on specific cancers, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and thyroid cancer, and others which offer more general support.
For many people, cancer will be the biggest fight of their lives, and it’s important to go into battle feeling your best. If you’re receiving cancer treatments, visit Dr. Robert in his Wilmington, NC office today, and discover how the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture can help you feel and fight better.