• Free Webinar: Integrative Oncology

    Asked by LiveWithCancer on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Free Webinar: Integrative Oncology

    I just listened to a replay of a recent Webinar put on by Texas Oncology Foundation on Integrative Oncology. It was an hour packed with information (I have 11 pages of notes!). The speaker, Dr Agnes Nowakowski, is a new PhD graduate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

    While the entire Webinar was pretty interesting, the last 30 minutes or so was especially interesting. She covered dealing with chemo-related hot flashes, anxiety and stress management, pain, peripheral neuropathy, and botanicals that should be avoided during chemotherapy.

    I was particularly interested in the neuropathy discussion since so many WhatNexters have problems with it. I will put her suggestions in the comments below.

    I was also interested in this statement and it is a buyer beware comment, "One of the major challenges of integrative oncology is the staggering number of botanicals and possible interactions." She specifically said to avoid St John's Wort and Milk Thistle and Panax Ginseng.

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Before I forget, here is the link to the Webinar, should you wish to listen: https://bit.ly/2OBjAQU.

      Okay ... here are her suggestions for peripheral neuropathy:

      *Acupuncture. She said it increases nerve conduction (nerve regeneration). It is the only modality, she said, that is scientifically proven to cause nerve regeneration.

      Provide daily local nerve stimulation to encourage feedback loop. She said to use exercises, sponges, and other aids to encourage nerve stimulation, especially in your hands and feet.

      Massage therapy, especially for hypersensitive patients. (Sorry, I have forgotten the details for this)

      Physical Therapy - balance and strength

      Supplements: B-complex, fish oil, magnesium glycinate (talk to your oncologist before taking these supplements to ensure they will not interfere with your treatment)

      Warm water soaks with Epsom salts increase circulation.

      about 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I was just posting to ask for a link. You beat me to it.

      about 1 year ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      LiveWithCancer - Thanks for the link. She was very interesting. Now have some food for thought when I next see my Oncologist.

      about 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      you are welcome, @andreacha! I thought she was interesting, too! She had a lot of information I had not heard before.

      I love those Texas Oncology Foundation Webinars. They are usually pretty interesting.

      about 1 year ago

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