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Head and neck cancer (H&NC) accounts for one sixth of cancer diagnoses in the UK and globally. Curative treatment rates for early tumours are 80-90% using surgery, radiotherapy, and/or systemic anti-cancer treatments with up to 59% of people surviving for 10 or more years after diagnosis.

Survivors having surgical resection may have multiple scars, including those local to the tumour site and from donor graft sites on the limbs and torso. Scars can significantly alter appearance and affect functionally critical structures. Resulting body image concerns may cause behavioural and emotional difficulties which affect quality of life.

We investigated a novel intervention, ScarWork, to assess its potential impact on the physiological and psychological morbidity associated with linear surgical scars that are a consequence of curative treatment of H&NC.

Poster: Beyond skin deep: using ScarWork to improve linear surgical scars for head & neck cancer survivors – a clinical outcomes study



de Valois B, Asprey A, Young T (2016) “The monkey on your shoulder”: a qualitative study of lymphoedema patients’ attitudes to and experiences of acupuncture and moxibustion (acu/moxa). Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. vol. 2016, Article ID 4298420


Lower limb lymphoedema

Acupuncture for improved wellbeing in people with lower limb lymphoedema

de Valois, B (2013) Acupuncture and moxibustion in the management of non-cancer-related lower limb lymphoedema: three case studiesEuropean Journal of Oriental Medicine; 7(4):13-21.
This article is reprinted from the European Journal of Oriental Medicine by kind permission of the authors and publisher.

First steps: involving people with lower limb lymphoedema in evaluating traditional acupuncture for improved wellbeing


Prostate cancer

de Valois B, Young T, Thorpe P, Preston J, Degun T (2015) Improving wellbeing of prostate cancer survivors using the NADA acupuncture protocol: a clinical outcome study. Medical Acupuncture; 27(3) 194-205.
This is a preprint manuscript of the version prior to peer review.  Final publication is available from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers

de Valois B, Degun T (in press) Using the NADA protocol to improve wellbeing of prostate cancer survivors: five case studies. European Journal of Oriental Medicine; 8(1).
This article was first published in the European Journal of Oriental Medicine (EJOM) Volume 8 Number 1, 2015.

Poster: Evaluating the NADA ear acupuncture protocol to improve wellbeing and quality of life for men diagnosed with prostate cancer




Last updated: June 25, 2018