The national policy planning, i.e. National Cancer Control Blueprint 2008 – 2015 has included the provision of Traditional & Complementary Medicine (T&CM) services in government hospitals (which offer cancer treatment). Subsequently, National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been identified as one of the institutions to provide T&CM services. Other than NCI, Kepala Batas Hospital (Penang), Sultan Ismail Hospital (Johor) and Hospital Wanita & Kanak-kanak Sabah (Sabah) offers T&CM services to cancer patients too.
T&CM Unit, NCI started to offer acupuncture treatment on 5th December 2013, and followed with herbal treatment (since 17th March 2014).
A. TRADITIONAL & COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE TREATMENT
T&CM Unit offers following treatment to cancer patients:
|Offered Treatment||Skop rawatan|
|Operation Hours||Monday till Thursday||Friday||Weekend and Public Holiday|
|Morning||8 am – 1 pm||8 am – 12.15 noon||Close|
|Afternoon||2 pm – 5 pm||2.45 pm – 5 pm||Close|
|After herbal patients visited herbal practitioner, herbal will be packed and supplied (as above picture). To take the herbs, patients only need to dissolve the herbs in warm water.||Acupuncture needle is inserted (as above picture) at certain point to relieve pain, nausea, vomiting, etc.|
B. PATIENT EDUCATION
T&CM Unit also actively carries out research as follows:
|No||Title and Summary of the Research||Status|
“Acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced nausea & vomiting (CINV): preliminary result”
Acupuncture treatment was provided to cancer patients before having chemotherapy, to reduce the nausea and vomiting side effect from chemotherapy. This study assesses the effect of the acupuncture treatment.
|Result of research was presented in conference year 2014.|
“Chinese herbal treatment for radiotherapy-induced xerostomia in head and neck cancer patients” (systematic review)
This research compiled and analysed published researches on herbal treatment for dry mouth (effect following radiotherapy).
“Herbal Treatment in Improving Radiotherapy-Induced Xerostomia in Head And Neck Cancer Patients”
This observational study compares the dry mouth effect (following radiotherapy) in head and neck cancer patients between receiving conventional treatment and herbal treatment.
|Enrolling suitable patients for research (July – December 2016).|
T&CM Unit has presented/published these researches:
Cao, N., Zhao, A., Zhao, G., Wang, X., Han, B., Lin, R.,. . . Yang, J. (2015). Survival analysis of 272 patients with pancreatic cancer undergoing combined treatment. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 14(2), 133-139.
Poster presentation “New Herbal Dispensing System: Herbal Preparation Process, Patients’ and Prescribers’ Acceptance” at 12th Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS) Pharmacy Scientific Conference 2015, from 13-15/11/2015.
Poster presentation “Acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced nausea & vomitting (CINV): preliminary result” at 8th Taipei Traditional Chinese Medicine International Forum 2016, Taiwan Ministry of Health co-organize with Taiwan Chinese Medicine Practitioner Association, from 12-13/3/2016.
Poster presentation “Retrospective Analysis of Herbal Treatment in Management of Advance Stage Lung Cancer Patients” at IKN Research Day 2016, Clinical Research Centre (CRC) NCI co-organized with Putrajaya Hospital and Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital on 30/8/2016.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Cancer Patients can get T&CM Treatment in NCI?
|Treatment||Required Referral Letter from||Health Facility|
Medical Officer (MO) /
General Practitioner (GP)
|Government or private clinic/ hospital|
|Herbal||Specialist / Consultant||
Government or private hospital
Or the referral letter template (to be filled by the above doctors) can be obtained at the link provided.
- Copy of referral letter
- Patients’ name and contact number (to be contacted for appointment date)
For NCI cancer patients to get appointment date, please call/email us to inform the patients’ name and MRN.
03-8892 5414/5415 (during office hours) or