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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; April 2001
Can acupuncture help with cancer treatment?

   Acupuncture is very effective in treating the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, anxiety, fatigue and pain. Acupuncture is a useful adjunct to cancer treatment, helping patients to remain on schedule with their chemotherapy protocols. I believe that acupuncture may improve the quality of life of the patient, and beyond that, positively influence the clinical outcome of the treatment. The "Complimenting Care" program at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence offers a broad spectrum of holistic treatments conveniently located under one roof. Being combined with proven cancer treatments, the program offers selected therapies including acupuncture to compliment cancer treatment. Dr. Cornelius O. "Skip" Granai, Director of the Program in Women's Oncology and a gynecological surgeon at Women & Infants' created and supports the "Complimenting Care". It remains the only program of its kind in the state of Rhode Island. Acupuncture has been offered at the hospital since September of 2000. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body by insertion of hair-thin, sterile single use needles or by other means of physical stimulation. The advantage of acupuncture is that it has no adverse side effects.
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