Acupuncture for patients with cancer

One of the oldest healing practices in the world, acupuncture has a role in alleviating pain and other symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment

How can acupuncture complement your cancer treatments?

For many years, acupuncture has been accepted as an effective part of symptom control for patients with cancer in the following ways:

  • Help control pain
  • Relieve symptoms of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
  • Improve xerostomia (dry mouth sensation) caused by radiotherapy
  • Help improve neuropathy, the pain and numbness in the limbs caused by nerve damage during cancer treatment
  • Relieve fatigue, hot flushes, anxiety, depression, constipation and diarrhoea
  • Can soften tissue and relieve pain from scarring and surgery
  • Enhance a patients' sense of well-being and relaxation


Christine Lee, our Acupuncturist, has a special interest in cancer care and integrative oncology. She has a gentle yet skilled approach, as in a great complement to the other Integrative Cancer Care services we offer at MIOG. You can read more about her on Our Team page.

Christine is available from our Carnegie location Mondays and Fridays. To see her at her Fitzroy North clinic, please click here.

What about rebates?

If you have Private Health Insurance with extras cover that covers Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, you should be able to claim your Acupuncture treatment. We have the facilities on site for you to claim your rebate on the spot in the clinic for Acupuncture for cancer patients.

Click here to learn more about our Pricing and Packages.

If you have any further questions about Acupuncture in Cancer Care, or if you would like to make a booking, please contact our friendly reception team.

Our acupuncturists are highly experienced in performing gentle and pain free acupuncture for patients with cancer in Melbourne.

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MIOG offers evidence-based Complementary Medicines to patients with cancer: before, during and after medical treatment. MIOG staff are not Medical Oncologists. MIOG recommends that patients with cancer consult a Medical Oncologist for appropriate support.



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