Supportive Cancer Care
Helping manage and recover
The conditions and approaches we focus on
Mitigating some side effects that may occur during or after chemotherapy, such as: leukopenia; fatigue and weakness; indigestion (nausea & vomiting, loose of appetite or abnormal bowels); poor memory and concentration (chemo-brain); peripheral neuropathy.
Relieving some side effects that may occur during or after radiotherapy, such as: leukopenia, dry mouth and oral mucositis or fatigue.
Alleviating some of symptoms associated with lung cancer, such as: fatigue, poor appetite, diarrhea or constipation or pain.
Supporting immune functions and vitality energy of the body.
Maintenance care during the condition “stable” or “no treatment” period; and
Preventive care of the patient after conventional treatments.
The treatments we provide
Cancare Clinic provides the Chinese medicine therapies including Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for supportive care of cancer patients. The evidence for these therapeutic approaches can be seen in:
Liang, H.L.M., & Chang, D.H.T. (2010). Clinical trials of Chinese medicine for the treatment of cancer. In W.C.S. Cho (Ed.), Supportive cancer care with Chinese medicine. Heidelberg: Springer.
Some relevant information can be provided during the consultation.
Please note that the Chinese medicine used for cancer patients is a complementary approach, NOT means to replace conventional treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Costs of the treatments
The initial visit is a longer consultation for up to 40 minutes which is basically to plan the best strategy to achieve optimal outcomes. Subsequent visits with up to 20 minutes are to review the conditions and to modify the treatment plan if necessary. Current fees are:
Initial consultation fee: $180
Follow-up consultation fee: $40
The cost of the herbs is generally from $9 to $15 per day
Acupuncture fee: $70
Please note that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are not covered by Medicare but may be covered by many private health funds. Your coverage will depend on your insurance policy.
Relieving of the side effects occurred by chemotherapy or radiotherapy depends on the kind and severity of the damages. For example, digestive symptoms (nausea and vomiting, poor appetite, diarrhoea or constipation) may be minimized by acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in a few weeks. While poor memory and concentration (chemo-brain) or peripheral neuropathy may be relieved over a few months or year. Fatigue, a common side effect may be relieved from a few weeks to months.
Maintenance and preventive cares with Chinese medicine for cancer may be beneficial for improving survival rate and quality of life. These cares are usually undertaken for months or years based on different individuals.
Dr. Henry Liang has clinical experience in China hospital and in Australia clinics for over 30 years.
He was awarded his PhD at RMIT University in 2003 with a research topic on anticancer Chinese herbal medicines.
He is capable of updating his therapeutic approaches from time to time as a university academic and researcher.
He is the visiting professor at the Tumour Research Institute of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China.
Please contact us to make an appointment to consult with Dr Henry Liang.