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Breast cancer patients turn to ancient therapy for relief

A diagnosis of any kind of cancer can be a roller coaster of emotions.

Add in decisions about treatment and a person's stress level can be through the roof.

In this month's Think Pink Amber Philpott introduces you to some breast cancer survivors who are turning to an ancient technique for help.

Relaxation, shoes off, lying back and letting the worries of cancer float away.

When Daphne Fields was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 she never dreamed putting here feet up would be part of her treatment.

"A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming, I don't care how old you are," said Daphne Fields.

For Fields, the stress of cancer has been managed through an ancient form of touch therapy known as Jin Shin Jyutsu, its similar to acupuncture.

"Rather than using needles in hundreds of places we use very light
touch," said Jennifer Bradley, Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner at Markey Cancer Center.

For three years Bradley has been providing this integrative therapy to patients at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.

During the procedure patients receive light touches to 52 specific energetic points on the body.

"we use Jin Shin Jyutsu for relaxation to help with stress, we use it to help with some of the side effects that people experience from their treatments of chemo, radiation and surgery," said Bradley.

"Cancer has this way of putting you on this roller coaster ride and some days are good some days are bad," said Erica Radhakrishnan.

Erica was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

She found the therapy helped her mentally and emotionally, something that to her was what she needed to beat her cancer.

"Its remarkable because as you are laying there in this quiet you can hear your body internally moving," said Radhakrishnan.

That's the goal for Jennifer Bradley, when cancer creates chaos, its her hope to create a place of peace for her patients one touch at a time.

This therapy is funded through a grant from the Lexington Cancer Foundation and is offered to all cancer patients at UK at no charge.

For more information on the therapy program click on the link to Markey Cancer Center below.


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