Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Cancer Care II
Previously I wrote about two patients of mine whom I have treated. I would like to write an update on one of them today. I pick one not because the other is not doing well, she is, but because one patient is now undergoing radiation.
The patient undergoing radiation is a patient who suffered breast cancer. She had surgery followed by chemotherapy. The chemotherapy lasted for seven treatments. She suffered with side effects such as hair loss, nausea, mouth sores, sore throat, mouth dryness and fatigue.
Now as I mentioned in my previous post, Chinese Medicine offers no cure for cancer and so one needs to consult with a qualified physician for cancer care. What I can offer is adjunct or ancillary care for the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
I was able to successfully help my patient with eliminating her nausea, sore throat, mouth sores, mouth dryness and fatigue. The fatigue was a constant battle as was the nausea, although the nausea got worse with each chemotherapy treatment the acupuncture helped alleviate it. The acupuncture worked relatively quickly in eliminating the mouth sores and sore throats. These symptoms also did not require multiple treatments.
Now that she is on to radiation, she has commented that she is now more fatigued than she was during the chemotherapy process. She actually felt better before the radiation began.
So now we are working together to help relieve her fatigue and to care for her skin in the area where the radiation is being concentrated.
Because of her doctor and her doctor's own personal fear she won't take any supplements. Chinese medicine has many formulae that can help a person deal with the side effects of chemo. I also suggest that patient either eat or take mushroom supplements as the beta-glucans found in mushrooms are being proven as cancer fighters. In fact I recently saw an article with mushrooms have more anti-oxidants that chicken liver (the previous top biller). But fear of the unknown, usually on the doctor's part, stops patients from getting the benefits of these supplements.
I wish everyone only the best of health!