Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,

Beverley de Valois

Workshop title

Acupuncture and lifestyle for people living with and beyond treatment for colorectal cancer

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Workshop description

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with nearly 42,000 new cases diagnosed in 2015. Treatment may comprise surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Consequences of treatment are most prominent during the first three years following treatment, but may persist, and include a wide range of physical and emotional conditions in addition to bowel dysfunction – frequency, urgency and incontinence.

These conditions may seriously affect how people can live their daily lives. However, as colorectal cancer mostly affects people over the age of 50, patients also present with age-related comorbidities. This makes treatment complex for both conventional medicine and acupuncturists!

Dr Beverley de Valois will share her learnings and observations from nearly four years of a clinical project made possible by the Milly Apthorp Charitable Trust. This enabled an NHS hospital-based acupuncture service for colorectal cancer survivors with long-term, complex presentations. She will present insights into the issues faced by people living with and beyond a diagnosis of colorectal cancer, including comorbid conditions. She will also discuss some of the acupuncture strategies used in the clinic, as well as the importance and challenges of introducing lifestyle changes to help survivors manage their condition long term.

Speaker biography

Beverley de Valois PhD LicAc FBAcC MBLS is a research acupuncturist in the East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust incorporating Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, where she has focused on aspects of cancer survivorship since qualifying as an acupuncturist in 1999. Her PhD, awarded in 2007, researched using acupuncture to manage breast cancer treatment-related menopausal symptoms. Funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) enabled exploratory research into using acu/moxa in lymphoedema management. Her most recent research investigated using moxibustion to improve outcomes for chemotherapy patients, funded by the British Acupuncture Council.

She practises privately at her clinic, the Women’s Clinic @Uxbridge, is a fellow of the British Acupuncture Council, an honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol, and chair of the British Lymphology Society Scientific Committee. She lectures internationally about using acupuncture to improve outcomes for people living with and beyond cancer and has published numerous articles (including many case studies) on this theme.

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