Acupuncture Oncology

 

Oncology Support and Care


At Restore we offer allied health treatments that proactively support you through your oncology journey and beyond.  We help manage symptoms that arise from surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and medication.

We are a relaxing, nurturing clinic offering oncology patients care and support in the form of allied health.  We work in conjuction with your oncology team to support their work.  We do this in the form of both osteopathy and oncology acupuncture by practitioners with experience and advanced training in oncology patients.  We also offer gentle lymphatic drainage massage to assist with lymphedema and improve circulation with Nathalie Gagnon.

Acupuncture for Oncology

The American Society for Cancer Oncology (ASCO) actively supports Acupuncture services. This is due to research demonstrating that oncology acupuncture may be effective in supporting immune function and managing side effects including:

Nausea and vomiting

Fatigue & Insomnia

Depression and anxiety

Hot flushes

Joint aches and pain

At Restore our acupuncturist for oncology patients is Sally Gole.  Sally is a renowned and experienced Acupuncturist who is passionate about using a wholistic and complementary approach to care for her patients during this challenging time. After gaining her initial qualifications as an Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist, Sally has been practicing with a focus on Womens Health for over 14 years.

Sally completed the Post Graduate Oncology Acupuncture Hospital Training Program under Dr Byeongsang Oh at the Mater Hospital in Sydney. Dr. Oh is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney and a Research Fellow at Dana Faber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School.  Sally also practices at Northern Beaches Breast Clinic with the Surgical Oncology team to assist them in caring for their breast cancer patients.

 

Osteopathy for Breast Cancer

Osteopathy is a form of hands on treatment that helps to restore tissue to normal function such muscles, fascia and joints.  It therefore can be very effective in managing post surgical scarring, and restricted movement through the torso, ribcage, shoulder girdle and chest.  Cording or Axillary Web Syndrome after lymph node removal is one of the most commonly addressed issues at Restore.  Osteopathy is also valuable post radiotherapy, working to prevent restrictions and reduce the chance of lymphedema developing.  It can also help post mastectomy expanders or implants to settle into position without distortion, reducing the need for revision surgeries.

Our osteopath for oncology patients is Amanda Hannaford.  Amanda is very experienced at working with breast cancer patients, and chemotherapy patients in all forms of cancer.  As a former breast cancer patient herself she is compassionate and understanding in caring for her patients.  Amanda also practices with the Surgical Oncology team at Northern Beaches Breast Clinic to assist the surgeons to achieve the best outcomes for their patients during their recovery. 

 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a gentle massage to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the body tissue. The technique is light with gentle pressure mobilising fluid toward the lymphatic sites, with varying degrees of pressure.This form of massage is renowned for its benefits in lymphedema patients.

Lymphedema, or lymphatic obstruction, is a condition whereby excess fluid collects in tissues causing swelling (oedema). The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system and vital for immune function. This may occur in oncology patients with the removal of lymph nodes as part of their oncology treatment, or as a result of scarring following any form of surgery.

At Restore our Remedial Massage Therapist for oncology patients is Nathalie Gagnon. Nathalie has been practicing for more than 15 years and is a caring and compassionate practitioner.She has completed advance training in lymphatic drainage massage and works with oncology patients regularly to help manage their symptoms and reduce their discomfort.