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Acupuncture and Cancer Care

-Acupuncture can help alleviate the symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment and improve patients’ quality of life.

What does acupuncture do specifically to help me?

  • Boost the immune system
  • Improve T-cell count
  • Improve RBC count
  • Increase WBC count
  • Regulate blood pressure, improve circulation, and normalize an irregular heartbeat
  • Improve peristalsis of intestines and esophagus
  • Relax and contract the bladder
  • Reduce pain from tumors

What types of cancer does acupuncture help with?

  • Breast Cancer: tx nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, joint ache, lymphadema
  • Colorectal Cancer: tx GI discomfort, bloating, peripheral neuropathy
  • Prostate Cancer: tx urine retention, erectile dysfunction, testicular pain
  • Head & Neck Cancer: tx decreased ROM, muscular pain, dry mouth
  • Lung Cancer: tx SOB, fatigue, edema

How often and how long will I need acupuncture?

  • With Chemotherapy
    • Treat 1-2 days before each cycle of chemotherapy
    • Do massage or additional acupuncture in between chemotherapy cycles 
  • With Radiation
    • Treat 1-2 times a week during radiation

 What else do I need to know about the needles?

  • Use 36 gauge needles or smaller
  • Use fewer needles and leave them in 35 minutes
  • Focus on 2-3 meridians, apply multiple needles to one point
 What are the criteria and contraindications? 
  • Cancer patients are at an increased risk of developing DVT's as chemotherapy can injure vessel walls, triggering blood pooling.  Tumors can also increase clotting activity
  • Contraindications for using a acupuncture include: lymphadema, neutropenia, low platelet and blood count, emotional problems, diabetes with limb involvement, fever after surgery
  • Precautions for using acupuncture include: thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, fecer, active infection, immediately pre-operative or post-operative, compromised skin
    • Bleeding tendency and white blood cell (WBC) count are the most important criteria to assess before performing acupuncture Platelet count: prefer not to treat below 75,000/mcl
    • INR: used to monitor heparin therapy, do not treat when INR is >6
    • WBC Count: Most concerned with a low WBC count. Stability is the key element.  If WBC count is dropping, hold off on acupuncture.

Why choose to have acupuncture at YVMC? 

  • Convenient, familiar location in the Integrated Health clinic
  • Hospital will bill patient's insurance if acupuncture is a covered benefit
  • Our acupuncturists communicates directly with your physician.
Meet our acupuncturist

Kelly McDaneld is a lisenced acupuncturist and completed Memorial Sloan Kettering's Acupuncture and the Cancer Patient course in 2010. She is experienced in the effects of cancer, mainstream treatment, and the management of side effects associated with treatments for breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer, as well as lymphoma, leukemia, and other cancer diagnoses.
Kelley offers each patient a personlized treatment plan that is directly communicated with your physician for maximum outcome.

To schedule an acupuncture appointment, please call Integrated Health, at 970-875-2731 or click here
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