Acupuncture for radiation to lung?

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Question from Eastman: I am currently undergoing radiation for a metastatic tumor in my lung. How can acupuncture help during this treatment?
Answers - Lorenzo Cohen Acupuncture can be useful for helping to combat many of the side effects that are experienced due to conventional treatments. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of evidence from the typical randomized trials that we like to see before we suggest the use of acupuncture to help manage certain symptoms. With that said, we know that acupuncture is very safe when performed by a well-qualified acupuncturist. So the risk and the downside to trying acupuncture is minimal. The main cost is in terms of financial and time commitments. In terms of side effects from radiation treatments, some people find acupuncture can help to improve your overall sense of well-being, to increase your energy, to decrease fatigue, to improve sleep quality, and perhaps to improve difficulty with breathing, depending on the origin of that difficulty. Acupuncture is something that is worth trying.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Complementary Medicine Techniques Part 3 featured Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about different types of complementary techniques and how they can help during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of 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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