Acupuncture improves quality of life for breast cancer patients using aromatase inhibitors

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Use of electroacupuncture (EA) produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors to treat breast cancer. The study is the first demonstration of EA's efficacy for both joint pain relief, as well as these other common symptoms.
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

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Source: Indian Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
AbstractPurposeMindfulness-based programs can reduce stress and help practitioners to have positive attitudes in their daily lives. This randomized controlled trial evaluated the impact of brief Mindfulness interventions on quantitative and qualitative stress parameters in patients undergoing imaging-guided breast biopsies.MethodsEighty-two women undergoing percutaneous imaging-guided breast biopsy were randomized into two groups: MBI group or standard care group. One week before the biopsy procedure, on the waiting room and during the biopsy procedure, the MBI group was exposed to mindfulness techniques and the standard c...
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionLes dysfonctions sexuelles sont fréquentes chez les femmes tunisiennes atteintes d’un cancer du sein. Elles peuvent être d’origine iatrogénique ou psychologique et peuvent dépendre de la dynamique de la relation de couple.SummaryIntroductionThe objectives of this study were to investigate the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in a population of women followed for breast cancer and the factors associated with it.Patients end methodsThe cross-sectional study was conducted at the Salah-Azaiez Institute in Tunis, over a period of four months. One hundred outpatients followed for ...
Source: Sexologies - Category: Sexual Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Pain Management Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Abstract Purpose The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) produced an evidence-based guideline on use of integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment that was determined to be relevant to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) membership. ASCO considered the guideline for endorsement. Methods The SIO guideline addressed the use of integrative therapies for the management of symptoms and adverse effects, such as anxiety and stress, mood disorders, fatigue, quality of life, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, lymphedema, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, pain, and sleep ...
Source: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: J Clin Oncol Source Type: research
Abstract Severe fatigue occurs in one in four breast cancer survivors (BCS). Quality of life (QOL) and psychological factors are important in fatigue-oriented interventions for BCS, but an up-to-date overview is lacking. The aims of this review were to (i) provide a comprehensive overview of the relationship of fatigue with QOL and factors that can be addressed in psychological interventions for fatigue in BCS and (ii) determine the strength of evidence for these relationships. A systematic literature search was conducted to find studies on fatigue in BCS who had completed curative breast cancer treatment. Fatigue...
Source: Clinical Psychology Review - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Clin Psychol Rev Source Type: research
Conclusions: Hospitalized cancer patients in Greece experience several symptoms during the last months of their life. These are influenced by demographic characteristics. Appropriate interventions are strongly advised with appropriate recognition and evaluation of symptoms by health professionals. PMID: 29699055 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Asian Pac J Cancer Prev Source Type: research
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Source: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Cognition Current Issue Neuro oncology Neurology Review cancer chemotherapy cognitive impairment neuropsychological assessment treatment Source Type: research
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Source: Palliative and Supportive Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Palliat Support Care Source Type: research
Conclusion Les dysfonctions sexuelles sont fréquentes chez les femmes tunisiennes atteintes d’un cancer du sein. Elles peuvent être d’origine iatrogénique ou psychologique et peuvent dépendre de la dynamique de la relation de couple. Introduction The objectives of this study were to investigate the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in a population of women followed for breast cancer and the factors associated with it. Patients end methods The cross-sectional study was conducted at the Salah-Azaiez Institute in Tunis, over a period of four months. One hundred outpatients followed for co...
Source: Sexologies - Category: Sexual Medicine Source Type: research
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