11 June 2013 – Hospital research manager completes study on using acupuncture for Cancer pain

Posted on June 11, 2013 by AireAdmin

Carole Paley, research manager at Airedale Hospital, has just completed a major study looking at how acupuncture might be used to help relieve bone pain in cancer patients.

She has just been awarded her PhD after studying part-time for five years at Leeds Metropolitan University. Her final thesis was research into the use of acupuncture for treating bone pain in adults who have cancer.

As part of her studies Carole has worked with Manorlands – the Sue Ryder Hospice and the Haematology Oncology Day Unit (HODU) and physiotherapy teams at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

Carole, aged 52, of Skipton, works four days a week and has been studying part-time for five years at Leeds Metropolitan University. Her final thesis was research into the use of acupuncture for treating bone pain adults who have cancer.

“You have to be a hundred percent committed to it and really enthusiastic about your subject as it is lots of hard work – you have your highs and lows,” said Carole.

“I almost deferred for a year at one point but managed to carry on as I knew the end was in sight.”

Carole qualified and worked as a physiotherapist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust until 2007. She has a Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Medicine and has been practising acupuncture for the past 13 years. She is also a keen runner and a member of the hospital’s running team – The Airedale Dodgers.

“Acupuncture is accepted now as part of a physio’s toolkit,” she said. “I became more and more interested in it and eventually decided to study the practice further.

“There’s been very little research into treating cancer-induced bone pain with acupuncture and hopefully my studies will help patients in the future. I began to realise that when I was treating patients for cancer, acupuncture was helping their pain particularly as they were able to sleep better.”

“My studies have been really useful to my job as I give lots of advice to other staff on how to put together research projects.”

Carole has been invited to receive her award at a ceremony in July.