Acupuncture May Ease Pain From Breast Cancer Care
The finding could be a win-win for breast cancer patients, said one oncologist who reviewed the study.
In a randomized controlled trial that was praised as well designed, acupuncture improved pain and stiffness among breast cancer patients taking aromatase inhibitors (AIs).Medscape Medical News
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(SWOG) In the largest, most rigorous study of its kind, acupuncture was found to significantly reduce the debilitating joint pain experienced by tens of thousands of women each year while being treated for early stage breast cancer, according to SWOG research results to be announced at a Dec. 7 press conference at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
Conclusion: The evidence was based on a body of research with moderate study quality. Although the overall effect of interventions is large, further investigation into the influence of nutrition and physical exercise is needed to better discern their potential for pain management. Implication for Practice: Oncology nurses may be able to implement such validated interventions as pain management modalities to mitigate the symptoms so that breast cancer survivors remain compliant with AIA therapy.
CONCLUSION: Acupuncture is a safe and viable nonpharmacologic treatment that may relieve joint pain in patients with AIA. Additional studies involving a higher number of RCTs are warranted. PMID: 28384564 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
CONCLUSIONS: High levels of pain catastrophising, and specifically the processes of rumination and magnification, were associated with greater acupuncture use. We believe this could have important implications for understanding which population is more likely to seek acupuncture treatment and how this alternative therapy could be better targeted to these patients. PMID: 27177930 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Conclusion: According to this prospective study, kinesiotherapy and acupuncture had a positive effect on the shoulder muscle strength and quality of life of patients.Keywords: 1. Breast cancer. 2. Rehabilitation. 3. Acupuncture. 4. Muscle Strength. 5. Quality of life.Citation Format: Mills CE, Hafner MA, Sorger PK. Integration of transcriptomic, proteomic and drug response data in triple negative breast cancer cell lines and PDX models [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the Thirty-Ninth Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium; 2016 Dec 6-10; San Antonio, TX. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2017;77(4 Suppl):Abstract nr P4-08-02.
BACKGROUND: The increase in breast cancer (BC) survival is largely due to the benefits of hormonal therapy, such as tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors (AIs), for the treatment of hormone-sensitive breast cancer. Recent clinical trials have demonstrated that AIs are more effective than tamoxifen at reducing BC recurrences. However, BC patients receiving AIs have a higher incidence of osteoporosis, bone fractures, and musculoskeletal symptoms, particularly joint pain and stiffness. The incidence of AIIA in the ATAC trial was 27.8% in patients taking anastrozole versus (vs) 21% in patients taking tamoxifen (Baum M, Lancet 200...