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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: Palliative and Supportive Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Palliat Support Care Source Type: research
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Source: Sexologies - Category: Sexual Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Addictions Diet & Nutrition Eating Disorders Healthy Living Self-Esteem belly fat bloat Body Acceptance Body Dissatisfaction Body Dysmorphia dieting Source Type: news
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Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research
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Source: EHP Research - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Commentary Source Type: research
ConclusionsOur nurse‐led psychological intervention programme might reduce patients’ uncertainty and encourage them to be proactive and self‐controllable. Relevance to clinical practiceNurse‐led psychological intervention programmes should be implemented to reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life in patients with breast cancer, particularly those at a high risk of depression.
Source: Journal of Clinical Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Source: Quality of Life Research - Category: Health Management Source Type: research
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Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: ASCO cancer oncology pallonc research research issues rosielle WaPo Source Type: blogs
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
ConclusionsOur nurse‐led psychological intervention program might reduce patients’ uncertainty and encourage them to be pro‐active and self‐controllable. Relevance to clinical practiceNurse‐led psychological intervention programs should be implemented to reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life in patients with breast cancer, particularly those at a high risk of depression.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Journal of Clinical Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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