Hundred Meetings

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

22-24 September 2017
Wokefield Park, Reading

Andrew Flower

Workshop title

Using Chinese medicine during 7 stages of cancer care

Workshop times

Saturday 1630 - 1800

Workshop description

In clinic we encounter 7 distinct stages when providing supportive treatment for people with cancer. These are: post diagnosis; pre Western medical (WM) treatment (surgery/chemo/radiotherapy); during (WM) treatment; post (WM) treatment; maintaining recovery; treating people with progressive cancer; and palliative care. In all of these stages Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbs, qi gong and lifestyle advice) has something of value to provide, but our care programme has to be tailor-made to take into account appropriate treatment objectives and the nature of the individual we are dealing with. This lecture will discuss various strategies that may be used in these different stages and will consider the challenges and opportunities that confront a Chinese medicine practitioner and their patient along the way.

Speaker biography

Andrew Flower has been practising acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) since 1992. During his time in private practice he has maintained a special interest in providing supportive treatments for people living with cancer. For the last 10 years Andrew has also been actively involved in researching CHM. In 2009 he completed his PhD at The University of Southampton exploring the role of CHM in the treatment of endometriosis. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers relating to Chinese medicine research, including two Cochrane systematic reviews. He co-ordinated an EU project that prepared guidelines to improve the quality of clinical trials into Chinese medicine. In 2011 he was awarded a five-year NIHR post-doctoral Fellowship to investigate Chinese herbs for the treatment of recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTIs) that has resulted in the RUTI trial.

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