Hospice physiotherapist showcased work at international conference

A clinical specialist physiotherapist from John Taylor Hospice shared his expertise at the World Cancer Congress 2016 in Paris.

Vis Ramasamy was invited to join 3,500 doctors, researchers, patients and students from around the world to help advance cancer control both nationally and globally.

The 24th World Cancer Congress of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) was held at Palais des Congres in Paris from 31 October to 3 November.

Vis, who has worked as a clinical specialist physiotherapist at the Birmingham-based hospice since 2009, delivered an e-poster presentation to delegates from 135 different countries.

His presentation focused on medical acupuncture – a therapeutic technique that involves inserting fine needles at certain points in the body.

Vis has carried out a study to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for cancer-related hot flashes and night sweating and presented his findings at the congress in the French capital.
“My study shows that medical acupuncture can be effective in reducing these symptoms and can improve a patient’s quality of life,” said Vis, who uses acupuncture for complex pain management and to treat various cancer-related symptoms.

“Our work here at John Taylor is unique and it is great to be able to display this on an international stage. I wish to raise awareness of complementary therapies, how they can be helpful for patients and increase their treatment choices.

"It was a great opportunity to network with professionals from varied backgrounds and for us to strengthen our fields of expertise. It was my first time in Paris so I enjoyed having a bit of time to take in famous sights – the Eiffel Tower was top of my list!”


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