Touch therapy for pre-cancers?

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Question from Karlee: Can touch therapy and acupuncture be effective treatments for pre-cancerous conditions (e.g., DCIS) rather than radiation following lumpectomy or mastectomy?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. I'd like to make the point that the therapies we are discussing are termed "complementary," and not "alternative." They are used in concert with conventional radiation and chemo, and not in place of.
Mary Ellen Scheckenbach If the condition is truly pre-cancerous and no Western conventional treatment is prescribed yet, frequently these conditions can be slowed at least with oriental medicine—acupuncture and herbs.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Acupuncture and Touch Therapies featured Mary-Ellen Scheckenbach, M.Ac., Tracy Walton, L.M.T., M.S., and moderator Beth Baughman Dupree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about acupuncture and touch therapies.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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