Review of the film "Life Interrupted: Telling Breast Cancer Stories"

As I prepare to teach another “Introduction to Acupuncture” class at the Cancer Support Community next week, I ponder my role as a Licensed Acupuncturist in the life of someone experiencing cancer. 

The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization have concluded, from controlled clinical trials, that there is evidence to support the use of acupuncture for anxiety/panic disorder; depression; post-surgery pain; cancer pain; neuropathy and other chemotherapy/radiation side effects. 

“Cancer.” It’s a word no one wants to hear. At the same time, it’s a word that brings people together. 

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Photo credit: Life Interrupted film still

I had the opportunity to pre-screen the documentary “Life Interrupted: Telling Breast Cancer Stories” by Paula Mozen. I wanted to see and review it because I know storytelling is healing for the teller and for its viewers/listeners.

Mozen, a filmmaker, breast cancer survivor, and my neighbor, calls breast cancer “The Dreaded Sisterhood: The club you never wanted to be a member of.”

In this autobiographic film, Mozen states that “cancer took eight friggin’ years of my life.”

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Acupuncture: A standard complement to cancer care

In Bozeman, we are fortunate to have access to a wide variety of health-related treatment options. When it comes to cancer treatment, the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center offers comprehensive standard care services and acupuncture is offered in private clinics throughout our fair city.

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I teach an Introduction to Complementary Medicine class for people with cancer. The focus is on how acupuncture can relieve side effects often caused by cancer treatments and improving immune response.

The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (under the US Department of Health and Human Services) publishes an Acupuncture Physician Data Query (PDQ).1 It is an independent source chock full of information about the research and theories behind acupuncture and how it has the potential to ease the suffering of cancer.

Hope for reducing side effects of cancer treatment

Surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and other anticancer drugs are known to cause a huge range of negative side effects. Fortunately, there is mounting scientific evidence from decades of

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