Acupuncture for Cancer

The diagnosis of cancer changes a person's life in an instant. In addition to physical ailments and pains, cancer greatly affects the emotional well-being of a person. Sadly, acupuncture cannot cure cancer, but it can significantly alleviate or even remove physical and mental complaints. You can read here about how this works.

What exactly is cancer?

Cancer is a disease in which uncontrolled cell division occurs because the regulatory mechanisms in the cell are disrupted. These cells form into a malignant tumor. Without treatment, cancer cannot be cured and will continue to spread, also known as metastasizing.

Side effects of cancer treatment

Once a doctor diagnoses cancer, an intensive treatment process typically begins immediately. Possible treatment methods are hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation or immunotherapy. Common side effects of cancer treatment include fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, skin complaints, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, changes in taste, and loss of concentration. There are also emotional complaints. The period of uncertainty causes tensions and fears that can require a lot of energy. Energy that you need to endure this difficult period and the heavy treatments.

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What can acupuncture do for cancer?

Acupuncture cares for the person behind the cancer. With acupuncture, we support the standard treatment and supplement it based on your specific situation. Acupuncture is used worldwide as a complementary treatment alongside western medical treatment. There are excellent publications in highly regarded medical journals that demonstrate its significant effect on fatigue, pain, gastrointestinal problems, and its safety. The treatment of cancer through acupuncture has been used in America alongside the standard medical treatment method for over ten years. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center achieves wonderful results with its patients.

How does acupuncture work for cancer?

By treating the acupuncture points, the body's own recovery capacity is activated. As a result, side effects are reduced or even completely removed. You will notice that energy starts flowing through your body again. Energy that you need extra during cancer treatment to endure it well. The specific treatment plan is fully adapted to you and your complaints. Our acupuncturists have completed the International Certification Program for Oncology Acupuncture. This global training program is specifically aimed at acupuncturists who collaborate with oncology centers. In the Netherlands, Praktijk Acupunctuur is included in the integral external referral circuit of the Haga Hospital in The Hague.

When to start treatment with acupuncture?

The best results are achieved when starting acupuncture treatment at the same time as the standard treatment for cancer. From the beginning, acupuncture can ensure that you have as few side effects as possible from the standard treatments. But even at a later stage, acupuncture can contribute to relaxation and the reduction of side effects. The number of treatments required depends entirely on your situation. Our acupuncturists always discuss this with you in a personal conversation. Would you like to make an appointment immediately? Make an appointment online for an acupuncture treatment at one of our locations in Breukelen, Hoofddorp, Nieuw-Vennep, Rijswijk / Delft, Voorburg or Wassenaar. We are happy to help lighten this difficult period for you.

The effectiveness of acupuncture for cancer has been demonstrated in various medical studies. For more information, see: