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Navigating Breast Cancer: Sarah’s Empowering Journey with Acupuncture

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Navigating Breast Cancer: Sarah’s Empowering Journey with Acupuncture

For over 14 years, I’ve been utilizing the power of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to support individuals on their unique breast cancer journeys. Each patient I’ve had the privilege to treat has imparted valuable lessons, but none more impactful than my first patient, Sarah.

Over a Decade Ago: Guiding Through Uncharted Territories

In the early stages of my career, fresh out of school and having recently established my acupuncture practice, I encountered a formidable challenge: helping someone navigate through the intricate stages of their breast cancer journey. Despite being armed with specialized knowledge in acupuncture technique designed for radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, and hormone therapy, guiding my first patient through these uncharted territories was a task that stirred a sense of apprehension within me. 

The “Hurry Up and Wait” Phase

Sarah, in the initial phases of her diagnosis, was caught in the relentless cycle of “hurry up and wait.” This stage, familiar to anyone touched by cancer, is marked by anxious waits for tests, specialist appointments, and crucial diagnoses. The overwhelming uncertainty during these months becomes a dominant force, taking over one’s world.

Prime of Life Interrupted

Sarah, an optimist and entrepreneur, was blindsided by the diagnosis. As her doctor uttered the words “you have cancer,” her vibrant world came to a sudden halt. Singing in a choir, crafting, and enjoying time with the love of her life and her loved ones – all halted in the face of an uncertain future.

Dr. Montgomery:Guardian Angel in the Breast Cancer Journey

Sarah discovered a pillar of strength in the form of Dr. Montgomery at Breast Cancer Supportive Care (BCSC). More than a Medical Doctor specializing in breast cancer, Dr. Montgomery became a beacon of guidance through the tumultuous journey of breast cancer. For individuals grappling with a breast cancer diagnosis, the Breast Cancer Supportive Care (BCSC) emerges as an indispensable resource, offering both emotional and informational support. 

Acupuncture and Breast Cancer, What’s The Point

Acupuncture and Breast Cancer: Finding Balance in Treatment



Embarking on the challenging path of breast cancer requires a comprehensive approach. As a seasoned Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, I’ve witnessed the profound impact that acupuncture can have on individuals undergoing breast cancer treatments. In this article, we’ll explore the symbiotic relationship between acupuncture and western medicine, shedding light on how this ancient practice can bring relief and support during the breast cancer journey.

The Harmony of Acupuncture and Western Medicine

Since 2010, I’ve had the privilege of supporting individuals facing breast cancer, helping them mitigate the side effects of conventional treatments. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, undergoing treatments, or grappling with post-treatment challenges, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer a unique avenue for navigating this journey with more ease.

Who Can Benefit:

This article is for you if

  • You or a loved one is navigating a recent breast cancer diagnosis and exploring complementary treatments.
  • You aim to alleviate the side effects of western medicine cancer treatments.
  • You seek to support overall health while undergoing conventional cancer treatment.
  • Post-treatment, you’re still grappling with lingering side effects.

Acupuncture as a Complement

Working in tandem with western medicine, acupuncture and TCM prove effective in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy. Additionally, acupuncture aids in pre-surgery preparation and accelerates post-surgery recovery.


Navigating Your Schedule

Understanding the demanding nature of cancer treatments, I tailor acupuncture sessions to fit seamlessly into your schedule. By coordinating with your chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery schedule, we ensure optimal support during crucial phases. 

For instance:

  • Pre-surgery sessions prepare the body, while post-surgery appointments facilitate recovery and reduce trauma.
  • Between chemotherapy sessions, acupuncture can alleviate side effects like nausea, fatigue, and sleep issues.
  • Acupuncture in the midst of your radiation sessions to help cool the body and reduce heat in your tissues.
  • Help reduce the negative side effects of hormone therapies, like joint pain, mood issues, hot flashes/night sweats, anxiety, sleep issues

A Calming Acupuncture Experience

For those unfamiliar with acupuncture, rest assured that my approach prioritizes comfort and relaxation. Amidst the stress of battling cancer, acupuncture becomes a calming sanctuary. The non-invasive and painless nature of the treatment aims for an environment so tranquil that you could drift into peaceful sleep.


In the realm of breast cancer treatment, acupuncture emerges as a powerful ally, working hand in hand with western medicine. As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, consider the subtle yet profound benefits that acupuncture can contribute to your holistic well-being. If you’re seeking a supportive and calming adjunct to your breast cancer journey, acupuncture might just be the missing piece.

For further information or to explore how acupuncture can enhance your breast cancer treatment plan, reach out. 

Together, let’s forge a path towards a more comfortable and resilient recovery.


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