Women's Health

How Acupuncture Can Ease Breast Cancer Pain

Comparable to pain medications?

The study, funded by the National Institute of Health, has not yet been published in a medical journal; however, Dr. Hershman and her fellow colleagues are hopeful that their findings will indicate the benefit of acupuncture for women experiencing joint pain and stiffness associated with AIMSS and third-party payors will support patients receiving acupuncture by providing financial reimbursements for the received treatments. “The study shows that when assessing pain and stiffness, true acupuncture is effective in reducing pain: when it’s given twice a week, when it is maintained afterwards at once a week, and it is effective even after patients stop the acupuncture treatment,” said Dr. Katherine Crew, director of the Clinical Breast Cancer Prevention Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “There are so few side effects to acupuncture and it’s non-addictive. This has real implications for patients in how patients can address their pain. Our goal now is to make sure patients have access to it and that insurance will cover it, just like they would for a pain medication,” she added.