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St. Helena Hospital uses acupuncture to treat cancer-related symptoms
Napa Valley Register

Calistoga resident Meg Heitz hasn’t needed pain pills to manage the side effects of chemotherapy for seven weeks. Heitz, 41, credits this to her high tolerance for pain as well as her participation in a new community acupuncture program offered at St. Helena Hospital’s Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center. “Overall, it’s been super-beneficial,” said Heitz, who has thus far participated in eight group sessions. Heitz was diagnosed with breast cancer last August. When she switched chemotherapy drugs earlier this year, she experienced severe muscle cramps that kept her incapacitated for at least two days.