Abstract for International Acupuncture Conference in Dublin, Ireland on 8.20.18.
Talk was published with Website Company www.euroscicon.com on 8.20.18

Uses of Acupuncture in the hospital setting for symptom management in patients with breast cancer
Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, with a projected 60 percent increase from 8 to 13
million deaths during the span of 2012 to 2030. It is projected to increase by 50 percent from 14 to 21
million new cancer cases during that time-NCI. The most recent worldwide mortality rate from cancer in
2012 was 8.2 million, Cancer Research-UK. In addition, more than 60 percent of new cancer cases occur
in Africa, Asia, Central and South America with 70 percent of the world’s cancer deaths come from those
regions, according to the National Cancer Institute. These statistics leave patients apprehensive and
seeking alternative and/or integrative forms of cancer therapy. Acupuncture is a safe therapy currently
being used by persons with cancer to treat a variety of symptoms. As acupuncture shifts to mainstream,
several comprehensive cancer centers offer integrative therapies such as acupuncture onsite for their
patients. With current opioid overdose epidemic and increased medical and regulatory scrutiny,
acupuncture offers and additional non-opioid strategy for the management of pain. Due to the severity
of the opioid epidemic in the U.S., the White House panel urged the United States president to declare
the opioid crisis a national emergency and on August 31 st 2017 was designated as the “International
Overdose Awareness Day” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Acupuncture use
for symptom management in hospitals is a frequently requested therapy for breast cancer patients. It
can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and/ or radiation therapies to alleviate nausea, anxiety,
hot flashes, peripheral neuropathy, insomnia, fatigue, lymphedema, constipation and chronic pain
management. Breast Cancer is the most commonly cancer diagnosed among U.S. Women. “About 1in 8
U.S. women (12.4%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2018, and
estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the
U.S.” reported by U.S. breast cancer statistics 1.9.2018. In the US alone, there were reported 600, 920
cancer deaths overall in 2017. Patient reported outcomes show both from clinical trial data and my
empirical experience that patients often feel better in measurable ways after acupuncture. Providing
acupuncture, massage therapy and medications are often incomplete in their ability to improve overall
health and wellbeing. It is becoming increasingly important for patients to include lifestyle modification
such as eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and adequate sleep/rest to support
their goals of improved wellbeing and reduction of recurrence risks.
*Collaboration with NESA/TMC and funded through Donaldson Charitable Trust
Cynthia M. Gallant, DAc. LAc. LMT
Doctor of Acupuncture in RI, Mass Med Board, Massage Therapy Board.