The Cancer Community Center announces a new partnership with Wildwood Community Acupuncture to provide free acupuncture treatments for cancer patients in Southern Maine.

Molly Stewart, LCSW, Mission Services Director at the Cancer Community Center, is excited about the new partnership. “A growing body of research shows that complementary therapies like acupuncture can improve the health and well-being of cancer patients during treatment and beyond,” says Stewart. “While many patients are open to trying complementary therapies, they are often limited by the cost. At the Cancer Community Center, thanks to this partnership with Wildwood, cancer patients can try acupuncture at no cost to them. This is especially important during treatment when cancer care expenses can quickly add up, even for people with good health insurance coverage.”

The partnership with Wildwood allows the Center to offer free acupuncture for cancer patients in active treatment, people transitioning into post-cancer life, and people living with chronic cancer. Research has shown that acupuncture can help relieve many cancer-related symptoms including, sleeplessness, anxiety, neuropathy, pain, and digestive issues.


Wildwood Community Acupuncture

Acupuncture at the Cancer Community Center is provided by Dr. Sasha Rose, ND, LAc.  Dr. Rose is a board-certified naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, and yoga teacher who received her masters and doctorate degrees from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband, Daniel Katz, founded Wildwood Medicine in 2005 in order to create a clinic environment that fosters a new and integrated approach to health care in the Portland community.

Regarding the new partnership, Dr. Rose says, “Wildwood is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with clients at the Cancer Community Center. Acupuncture in a group setting fits with the strong sense of community and support that you feel as soon as you walk through the doors into the Center.”


What People Say About Acupuncture at the Center

David Crawford has been diagnosed with and treated for two separate cancers, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and melanoma, and has yearly scans for signs as to whether the cancer has returned. “The prognosis is not good,” says David. “It’s very much a case of watch and wait.” As if that weren’t enough to deal with, David also has a degenerative spine disease that required major spinal fusion surgery. He experiences significant pain from any sideways movement of his neck and wanted to see if acupuncture would help.

David happily reports, “Acupuncture has significantly reduced the magnitude of the neck pain – so it works! The pain is not entirely gone, because I am always stressing the neck whenever I drive, but the acupuncture has minimized the pain.”

David encourages others to try acupuncture at the Cancer Community Center, saying, “Don’t be nervous about the needles! Sasha is very gentle, and only once in a while you might feel a bit of a prick when she inserts the needle, but nothing that I would call painful. And I find it very relaxing!”

Tara Baysol has been living with brain cancer since 2013. A student intern at the Cancer Community Center, Tara received acupuncture treatments at the Center with the hopes of addressing minor aches and pains. Tara describes her acupuncture sessions with Sasha as “wonderfully relaxing.” According to Tara, acupuncture has not only helped address soreness and stiffness, but also provided a comfortable environment to reset mentally.”

Asked what she would say to someone who is unsure about trying acupuncture at the Cancer Community Center, Tara has this to say, “Whether you’ve had acupuncture in the past or are considering it for the first time, Sasha walks you through the process and answers questions in a thoughtful and compassionate way. The Center really prioritizes creating a calm and relaxing environment. The comfortable zero-gravity chairs, cozy setting and fellow community members who “just get it” make this experience really special.”

To learn more about free acupuncture treatment for cancer patients, contact the Cancer Community Center at 207-774-2200.