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Acupuncture for hot flushes

Started by Anonymous on 09 November 2017 at 21:20

Being treated for prostate cancer. Understand acupuncture can help with hot flushes, is this sort of treatment generally available via Maggie's does anyone know? My local Maggies/Macmillan/Cancer centre is Clatterbridge Wirral.

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    From Robyn  
    10 November 2017 at 10:14

     Hello, Hot flushes are a common side and often distressing effect of hormone treatment There are a number of things you can do to reduce their number and severity and several studies have shown that acupuncture can be helpful.

    At Maggie’s  we don’t offer acupuncture however you can find a qualified therapist in your area via the British Acupuncture council. Before starting any therapy you should ensure the practitioner is aware of your diagnosis and any treatment you are having .

    Do also let your hospital team know the extent of the flushes you are having there are some medications that can help.

    I mentioned above that there are other ways of managing hot flushes - these include dietary changes, stress management techniques, identifying patterns and triggers in the flushes, having clothes and bedlinen made from natural fibres amongst others
    You may find the hot flushes and sweats in men  page of the CRUK website helpful and you are welcome to message me privately if you would like to talk this over in more detail

    Best wishes

  • From Anonymous
    10 November 2017 at 15:59
    Edited on: 28 January 2018 at 12:33

    Hi Peter,

    I've not tried this myself, as my flushes aren't too bad at present, but I know someone that has been recommended acupuncture to help this. They have been offered this treatment through The Breast Cancer Haven and Maggie's Cheltenham. I'm guessing that this is a local deal, but it might be worth finding out if your local Maggie's offers anything similar.

    I was also recommended acupuncture for the heel pain I have (Plantar Faciitis), by another visitor here with prostate cancer. I don't know if you have had similar problems, but seems it's due to Zoladex.

    All The Best


    Update: My friend has found the acupunture useful in dealing with the hot flushes. So much so, that he is going to continue with it after the free trial. One point to note though, is that he has been off of the Zoladex for some time now, but still has the side-effects. I'm assuming this is due to his testosterone levels not yet fully returning to their previous level.

  • From Anonymous
    10 November 2017 at 20:40

    Thanks for your comments. I had a quick chat with someone at Maggies Clatterbridge today, it was said that yes, acupuncture can really help ease the hot flushes. So I'm speaking to my GP on Monday to see if I can be referred to a local holistic centre that does a lot with cancer sufferers. Like many others I do mention the hot flushes to oncology team whenever we meet. I appreciate the comments, my diet is decent I would say and I don't consciously get stressed. I just reckon that if I can alleviate 1 symptom 'magically' then that'll do. Peter

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