Acupuncture: Integration into cancer care Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Prostatic Neoplasms
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic


  • Acupuncture has been evaluated in clinical studies for its effect in reducing some of the common symptoms experienced by cancer patients. Here we introduce this ancient treatment modality, outline its practice in the modern Western medicine setting, discuss safety issues related to the general and oncology populations , discuss its clinical applications in treating common symptoms experienced by cancer patients, and summarize data from clinical studies related to these applications . There is good evidence supporting acupuncture's effects in the reduction of cancer-related pain and chemotherapy-induced acute nausea and vomiting. There are preliminary data suggesting that acupuncture may help reduce post-chemotherapy fatigue and xerostomia caused by radiation. Acupuncture has a good safety record when performed by qualified practitioners. Acupuncture is useful complementary therapy in cancer care. Its integration into regular oncology practice can improve the supportive care of cancer patients.

publication date

  • March 2006



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2310/7200.2006.010

PubMed ID

  • 19449505

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 86

end page

  • 92


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