In this video, Dr. Brian Lawenda discusses the effectiveness of acupuncture for breast cancer patients.
Brian D. Lawenda, M.D.: Acupuncture is typically used for patients with breast cancer to decrease side effects from treatment of cancer or from the cancer causing a lot of stress and anxiety in patients, which is really the best use of acupuncture for breast cancer patients.
It is a not a treatment that we would use or recommend to be used instead of conventional treatments. It does not decrease the risk of recurrence that we know of and it does not reduce the risk of somebody potentially dying from breast cancer.
It is something that we would use as an adjunctive therapy or what we called a complementary therapy in order to help patients get through treatment more easily or to help them with their psycho-emotional concerns and symptoms like anxiety and stress and fatigue.
Dr. Brian D. Lawenda is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist who has been in practice over six years. He currently practices as a member of 21st Century Oncology at locations in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV. Prior to joining 21st Century Oncology, Doctor Lawenda served as the clinical director of the Radiation Oncology department and the department head of the Breast Health Center, at at the Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Doctor Lawenda began his education at Temple University Medical School and after graduating with honors (AOA) he went on to a general surgery internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. He later completed his residency and served as the Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School/Dana Farber Cancer Institute).
Doctor Lawenda was Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Radiation Oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science at the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD and a distinguished former Commander in the U.S. Navy.
His clinical interests are stereotactic body/brain radiosurgery (SBRT/SABR, SRS), breast cancer, benign and malignant brain tumors, head and neck cancers, lung cancer, prostate cancer and Integrative Oncology, an exciting new sub-specialty in the field of oncology centered on a holistic approach to cancer care and best evidence-based treatments
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