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Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Christine Lee on 24 May 2019
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...

Exercise Physiology for Patients with Cancer

Posted by Moving Beyond Cancer on 14 May 2019
  Should patients with cancer exercise? Historically patients with cancer were advised to rest, however these days we know better! Physical activity and targeted exercise are beneficial for cancer prevention, recovery and survival, and should be a part of every cancer management program. The Department of Health and Human Services, the Americal College of Sports Medicine, and the specialist journal Oncology all have published multiple studies and review articles confirming...

Cannabis in Oncology - Part 3

Posted by Tanya Wells on 12 April 2019
Information for GP's, Medical Oncologists and other Health Practitioners regarding the use of cannabis for chronic cancer and pain support. Most medicinal cannabis products are 'unregistered medicines' and therefore do not appear on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. To access unregistered medicines a doctor must make an application to the TGA on a patient's behalf. Preferably this would be a specialist in the illness being treated, but a GP can manage the ap...

Cannabis in Oncology - Part 2

Posted by Tanya Wells on 3 April 2019
How to get medical cannabis extracts in Australia - what is the process? There is conclusive and substantial evidence for prescribing medicinal cannabis in many conditions, and was made legal in Australia in 2016. But medicinal cannabis is not a first line therapy in Australia - this means that it can't be prescribed at the first signs of pain, for example.  It can only be prescribed if multiple medications have been trialled and the current medicines available for that condit...

Cannabis in Oncology - Part 1

Posted by Tanya Wells on 27 March 2019
What is medical cannabis and which cancer symptoms can it help? Cannabis is definitely the buzzword in cancer care right now. So let's talk about it. What exactly is in medical cannabis?
Plant-derived cannabinoids are mainly manufactured from Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica plant species. Although there are more than 60 active compounds found in cannabis plant extracts, the focus of clinical interest in oncology is on CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabiol). THC a...

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Cancer Related Fatigue

Posted by Lauren Young on 12 September 2019
Of all the side effects of cancer treatment, some expected, some unexpected, cancer related fatigue is the most com...

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