Study Shows Acupuncture May Relieve Chronic Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Treatment

A Memorial Sloan Kettering study suggests that acupuncture may help reduce lymphedema of the arm, a swelling that can occur following breast cancer treatment and a condition for which there are currently no good treatment options.

The study’s lead researchers, Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD, Chief of the Integrative Medicine Service, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Chief of the Breast Cancer Medicine Service, are available to explain the results and implications of the study, which shows that acupuncture as a treatment for lymphedema is safe and well tolerated. The findings have led researchers to begin a new randomized controlled trial to prove that the effect is real.