Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Stories Part 2

This month we have been following the stories of women who have been affected by breast cancer.  In this first edition of this series we met Claire a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant.  In the second issue in this series we take a different and very frank look about what it can be like to find out that you have breast cancer and some of the common things that women experience after treatment.  

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Nine courageous, everyday women survive breast cancer only to discover that their health struggles continue after their cancer treatment ends. Sponsored by The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation [2/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 13448]


If you have not yet scheduled your mammogram for this year and you are over 40 or have a high risk of breast cancer and under 40 please schedule your appointment for evaluation and mammogram order here. 

ARE YOU AT RISK?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Women with the following characteristics have been found to have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Increasing age (especially older than 55)
  • Genetic factors (think about your family history)
  • Personal history of benign breast disease
  • Previous chest irradiation
  • Lifestyle factors (diet & amount of exercise along with weight along with other factors)

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment about what you can do to lower your risk factors for breast cancer please schedule here

Need a Cool Down?

Acupuncture as a treatment for hot flashes from cancer therapy

In research recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology acupuncture was shown to help  relieve the symptoms of hot flashes that can be induced by breast cancer treatment.  This study evaluated the use of electoacupuncture against a commonly prescribed medication for these  symptoms gabapentin.  In this randomized controlled trial of 120 patients it was shown that the electroacupuncture was a more effective treatment regimen when compared to gabapentin, sham acupuncture or placebo over an 8 week period.

Acupuncture is a integral part of traditional Chinese medicine that has been shown in multiple studies to be effective in the treatment of chronic pain.  The theory behind how acupuncture works can be explained differently by different people however in essence it is a therapy that is geared at releasing and re-balancing energy flow throughout the body.  Electroacupuncture is different from regular acupuncture in that a very low dose of current is used in conjunction with acupuncture needles and typically stimulates a wider area.  This therapy can also be utilized with trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation devices or TENS units as well which makes it a great option for patients with needle phobias. 

Many times what makes it hard to get through breast cancer (or any cancer for that matter) is the damage that the treatment does to the body while it is killing the cancer as well.  It also can be frustrating to have to continuously medicate the symptoms of treatment away.   Acupuncture is a therapy that can allow for treatment of symptoms without a medication which for many patients can be a lifesaver. If you are interested in learning more about this study please check out the study here.

 If you are interested in scheduling an acupuncture session please click here.