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The use of Complementary Medicine in Cancer Care

Posted by MIOG support team on 13 February 2020
The use of Complementary Medicine in Cancer Care
Many patients with cancer seek Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) during their cancer treatment (22% as an overall average, but up to 87% of women with breast cancer, and up to 50% of women with ovarian cancer). Interestingly, 40% of those patients using complementary therapies with cancer do not disclose this to their Oncologist.  * This article explains what CAMs are and when they are appropriate, and ultimately aims to open up the dialogue between patients and their enti...

Acupuncture for cancer-related pain

Posted by Christine Lee on 23 January 2020
Acupuncture for cancer-related pain
Cancer pain affects most people at some stage of their cancer treatment. It can be very debilitating, and it can cause problems with sleep, day to day functioning, exercise, mental health and relationships. There are a number of ways to manage pain, and like most things cancer-related, they work best in a larger treatment plan that is centred on the patient as an individual.   Does it work? Studies have shown that acupuncture can significantly reduce cancer-related pain, particul...

Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Christine Lee on 24 May 2019
Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral Neuropathy is a common side-effect of some types of chemotherapy: especially the taxanes (paclitaxel and docetaxel), the platins (cisplatin, carboplatin) and vinca alkaloids (vincristine, vinblastine). It is the tingling or numb sensation in the hands and/or feet, and is caused by nerve damage that occurs from the treatment. It can be quite painful, and may significantly impact fine motor skills and daily function, such as handling utensils, writing, typing and, when affectin...

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Movement After Cancer

Posted by Sachini Ganhewa on 25 June 2020
Movement After Cancer
The traditional notion of resting your body to overcome cancer treatment related fatigue has been debunked a long w...
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