Monthly Archives October 2013

Acupuncture to Treat Chronic Lymphoedema

Just came across two Acupuncture research publications from my former hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). The research was initiated because of the lack of treatment for lymphoedema in women post breast cancer surgery with removal of lymph nodes in the armpits. Having formerly worked in the breast cancer surgery department at MSK I can attest to it being a huge concern for women and their physicians. Not only is there emotional trauma from being diagnosed with breast cancer and having a treatment (whether it be chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomy, lymph node removal, or a combination), there are also post surgery issues that leave a lot of scars and daily stresses. Lymphoedema is one of them.

Imagine not being able to lower your arm fully because of the swelling, the ph...

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