A growing, global movement
The Charter has been adopted by international cancer organisations around the world. Under the guardianship of the Union for International Cancer Control since 2006, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice, building an alliance against “fear, ignorance, and complacency.”
Since the creation of World Cancer Day, we have witnessed incredible progress in many areas, from increased political will, technological advancements, research breakthroughs, and greater public understanding of the disease. However, in 2019 the World Health Organization included Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), including cancer, as one of the top ten threats to public health. There is still much more to be done.
2020 marks the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day. It will be a year to ignite action to accelerate the reduction of unnecessary cancer deaths and to achieve equal access to cancer care for all.
Traditional five element acupuncture treatment may benefit many symptoms associated with cancer. Care for your body, mind, and spirit., to encourage your system into balance, with acupuncture and think carefully about what you put in and on your body – clean food and clean personal care. Exercise, stretch and meditate. You are responsible for your health. You can also get help to get there naturally:- traditional five element acupuncture can help you stay healthy in an attempt to avoid cancer or help you through cancer treatment. If you do not beat cancer traditional five element acupuncture can help you cope with the ongoing illness, side effects of treatment and at any stage of your illness including the end stage to ease symptoms of the body mind and spirit.
Caring for Carers
I feel strongly about the care of end stage cancer that every person deserves to be tended for with loving care and attention, to be pain and anxiety free as possible. My experiences as a cancer nurse in the past taught me this and also caring for my Mother.
I also treat many carers of family members, who have cancer supporting them though the exhaustion, difficult times and grief of losing a loved one. These people often find themselves forgotten or neglect to look after themselves.
How acupuncture can help with cancer and treatment symptoms
Cancer and the treatments for cancer are associated with various symptoms. Fatigue is the most common symptom reported by survivors of cancer Forty percent of people with early or intermediate stage cancer, and 90% with advanced cancer have moderate to severe pain; up to 70% of those with cancer pain do not receive adequate pain relief.
When undergoing treatment for cancer using traditional five-element acupuncture alongside other treatments, can improve your wellbeing in body, mind and spirit.
Pain – In some cases traditional five-element acupuncture may provide long-term pain relief in patients with cancer, also working alongside the pain medication and treatment.
Fatigue – traditional five element acupuncture can be helpful with fatigue caused by cancer and cancer treatments.
Xerostomia – or oral dryness, is one of the most common complaints experienced by patients who have had radiotherapy of the oral cavity and neck region. When undergoing chemotherapy, the mouth can be a major source of infection- therefore strengthening your immune system at this time is important. Traditional five element acupuncture may help ease, dryness and infection and help improve the immune system.
Leucopoenia – is a decrease in the number of white blood cells (leukocytes) found in the blood, which places individuals at increased risk of infection, when a patient having cancer treatment this often a side effect. Traditional five element acupuncture may help with chemotherapy- to help improve the immune system.
Vasomotor symptoms – hot flushes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, as many other of the numerous symptoms of menopause. These are mostly caused by hysterectomy and breast cancer treatments. Traditional five element acupuncture can be effective with balancing hormones through and after chemotherapy and surgery.
Nausea and vomiting – traditional five element acupuncture can help relieve nausea and vomiting especially in acute situations, this of course is not the cancer-causing but western medicine side effects of treatment.
Anxiety – traditional five element acupuncture can help with the anxiety of diagnosis treatment and decisions that are difficult, supporting you the many stages cancer treatment and life that is affected.
Traditional five element acupuncture can stimulate our system. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting well-being in body mind and spirit.
NB- Traditional five element acupuncture may be used for some of the symptoms of cancer, and the side effects of conventional cancer treatments, but it is not used to address the cancer itself.
For more information contact Hannah on-; https://www.southwellacupuncture.co.uk/contact/