Advances in Oncology Acupuncture: Clinical Research and Side Effect Management

Advances in Oncology Acupuncture: Clinical Research and Side Effect Management


Please note that all modules in this condensed course are included in the more extensive Fundamentals of Oncology Acupuncture course.

The goal of this online continuing education course is to provide acupuncturists with a framework for evidence-based clinical practice in cancer care and shares new advances in integrative oncology research. This condensed version of the Fundamentals of Oncology Acupuncture course is geared toward clinicians who are practicing within a hospital environment and are familiar with the current biomedical understandings of cancer and its mainstream treatments.

Acupuncturists will learn how they fit within the model of providing comprehensive palliative care to cancer patients and will be given guidelines on how to treat the acute and chronic symptoms of the side effects that result from this disease, including chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, neuropathy, hot flashes, and fatigue. The course also presents updated inpatient safety requirements and guidelines. Students will be prepared to provide care to cancer patients and survivors in their own practices.

Learning objectives

  • Explain the current model of oncology palliative care and the role that acupuncturists fulfill within the spectrum of palliative care.
  • Describe known causes of cancer pain, hot flashes, neuropathy, nausea, and cancer-related fatigue.
  • Summarize procedures for conducting a patient assessment, acupuncture treatment planning, and charting.
  • Identify optimal point protocols to treat cancer-related side effects.
  • Describe infection control precautions for protective environments.

Continuing education credit

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

The NCCAOM designates this distance online education program for a maximum of 4 PDA points.

Target audience

  • licensed acupuncturists
  • doctors of oriental medicine
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)professionals



Course agenda

  • 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
  • acupuncture safety and clinical practice guidelines

Our Integrative Medicine Service enlists Bridge, a native cloud learning management system, to offer a unique engagement platform to host our online courses. Bridge’s intuitive design and mobile platforms will allow you to complete your course on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Once your payment of the course fee is processed successfully, you will receive a receipt from MSK sent directly to the email account you entered during registration. Within 48 hours, the Integrative Medicine Education Coordinator will upload your name, email, and course selection into Bridge. Once completed, you will receive an email from Bridge containing a link to access the Bridge app. You will be asked to create a username and password to establish your personal Bridge account. Every time you wish to watch a lecture, you will return to the Bridge app and enter the username and password you created.

For questions and assistance with the registration process, please email [email protected].

Additional information

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This course replaces Advanced Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient. 

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