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Cancer rehabilitation and renewal: Managing the long-term consequences

Date(s): 12 May 2022

Time: 10am - 5pm

Eligibility: Acupuncture Graduates

Venue: College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading

The focus of this seminar is on supporting people with cancer who have completed active treatment for cancer and who are experiencing the consequences of treatment, including those who have complex presentations and multiple co-morbidities.


  • Explore symptoms, especially as symptom clusters, experienced by cancer survivors following their treatment for cancer (examples include hot flushes, lymphoedema, distress, fear of recurrence, cancer related fatigue, etc)
  • Discuss the complex presentations typical of many cancer survivors
  • Suggest ways to address these with acupuncture and self-care advice


Illustrate these using case studies

  • Discuss risk of recurrence and second cancers in cancer survivors
  • Discuss lifestyle advice for improving quality of life for cancer survivors and reducing risk of secondary and second cancers. 

The course is for acupuncturists who have a basic knowledge of cancer and its treatments.


Beverley de Valois is a Research Acupuncturist at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, a cancer-information and drop-in centre at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood Middlesex. She has a specialist interest in using acupuncture to improve wellbeing and quality of life for cancer survivors.  Research projects include using acupuncture to manage: breast cancer treatment related hot flushes (her PhD thesis); cancer treatment-related upper body lymphoedema (funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)); cancer and non-cancer related lower limb lymphoedema; wellbeing for prostate cancer survivors.  Current projects include research into using moxa to improve outcomes for chemotherapy patients (funded by the British Acupuncture Council) and working with colorectal cancer survivors at Barnet Hospital.  She is currently writing a book about acupuncture and cancer survivorship.  She is a Fellow of the British Acupuncture Council, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, and Vice-Chair of the British Lymphology Society Research and Scientific Committee.

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