Fundamentals of Oncology Acupuncture Online Course

Learn and practice the Fundamentals of Oncology Acupuncture  -  an online continuing education course by the Integrative Medicine Service of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

About This Course

Acupuncture is an integrative therapy which is growing in acceptance as a modality to treat various side effects of cancer and cancer treatments, including chronic pain, fatigue, nausea, and neuropathy. The goals of this course is to provide acupuncturists with a framework for evidence-based clinical practice in cancer care and to share new advances in integrative oncology research.

This course will introduce, review, and reinforce detection and treatment methods of certain cancers. These biomedical lectures prepare acupuncturists  for work within the hospital setting and communicate with other clinicians on a patient’s care team. Students will learn how common  acute and chronic cancer-related side effects develop.

MSK’s experts in oncology acupuncture practices and research will present current research and technical approaches to providing acupuncture for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, pain, cancer-related fatigue, hot flashes, and neuropathy. This course also includes discussions on herbs & drug interactions, communicating with patients and caregivers, and cancer prevention.

For questions and assistance with the registration process, please email Lauren DeMarzo, Education & Outreach Coordinator, at


Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how primary tumor staging affects clinical outcomes and conventional treatment for cancer patients.

  2. Explain the contemporary science for acupuncture mechanisms of action

  3. Discuss the palliative care approach to cancer pain and symptom management

  4. Explain the clinical approaches for treating cancer-related side effects with acupuncture

  5. Create a detailed acupuncture treatment plan for cancer-related side effects

Continuing Education Credit

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an approved PDA provider #299 of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

This course has been approved to offer 12.5 CEU distance education hours by the NCCAOM.

Target audience

  • Licensed acupuncturists
  • Doctors of oriental medicine
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) professionals


$396.00 (a 20% discount off of the regular price)

  • understanding cancer
  • breast cancer
  • lung cancer
  • unlocking the paradigms and paradoxes of prostate cancer
  • gynecological cancers
  • cancer treatment modalities and symptom management
  • mainstream pain management
  • psychiatric and psychological problems among the cancer population
  • the palliative care approach to pain and symptom management
  • acupuncture mechanisms of action
  • acupuncture for cancer-related pain
  • chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
  • cancer-related fatigue
  • acupuncture for hot flashes
  • provider-to-patient communication in the oncology setting
  • talking to patients about integrative therapies
  • acupuncture safety and clinical practice guidelines
  • herb and drug interactions
  • integrative approaches to cancer prevention
  • course exam

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