Acupuncture found to be effective at relieving side effects of traditional treatments in breast cancer patients, according to study

(Natural News) Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for years – centuries even – because of its natural approach to human health. An area of TCM that’s getting renown even from Western medicine is acupuncture and based on the findings of a study made by researchers at the NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, it could...
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Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
To the Editor Dr Hershman and colleagues conducted a randomized clinical trial (RCT) of acupuncture ’s efficacy in reducing aromatase inhibitor–related joint pain among breast cancer survivors compared with sham acupuncture and waitlist control. They concluded that “the study results rejected the null hypothesis that true acupuncture generated the same outcomes as sham acupuncture and waitli st control, although the magnitude of the effect did not achieve the prespecified difference of 2 points,” having selected a 2-point difference as clinically important. However, the difference of 2 points or 30%...
Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
In Reply As Drs Mao and Farrar point out, based on current guidelines, clinical trials reporting pain should report the proportion of patients with a clinical response (either a 2-point change on an 11-point scale or a 30% reduction). Our study was designed to detect a 2-point difference between groups. We based this on the study by Farrar et al, although we recognize now that their study did not actually define what a clinically meaningful difference between groups is. As we stated in the discussion, several recent randomized studies of pain control interventions have reported clinically meaningful between-group mean diff...
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Conclusions: Acupuncture improved symptoms of CIPN and QoL in Korean women suffering from peripheral neuropathy after chemotherapy using taxane for breast cancer. The effects of acupuncture lasted for at least 1 month after the treatment. PMID: 30420895 [PubMed]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
This study is a single-center, randomized, placebo-controlled trial with two parallel groups and a 2-week follow-up. We will enroll 80 breast cancer patients who are newly diagnosed with CIPN after chemotherapy. Duloxetine or pregabalin will be prescribed to all participants from the initial assessment. Half of the patients will be assigned into the experimental group and the other half to the control group. The CarebandR (Piomed Inc., Seoul, Korea), a wearable wristband that generates low-frequency electrostimulation, will be administered only to the experimental group. Electrostimulation will be administered on the unila...
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Conclusions: Acupuncture still appeared to be an efficacious therapeutic strategy, especially for the less/no side effects. Because of its widespread acceptance and encouraging effectiveness for improving HFs, much more high-quality studies are in need urgently.
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract Complementary/integrative medicine (CIM) has been shown to play an important role in supportive cancer care, relieving symptoms and improving quality of life among oncology patients. Communication between CIM practitioners and oncology healthcare professionals has been researched in depth, while little attention has been paid to the interaction between CIM practitioners from different disciplines who work together in the integrative oncology setting. The present paper explores the interaction between an Anthroposophic music therapist and a spiritual care provider who co-treated two female patients with br...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
(Natural News) Painful swellings called lymphedema can appear on a patient’s arms after undergoing surgery and radiation therapy for breast cancer. A Chinese study suggested that acupuncture could decrease the chances of this complication, thereby improving the quality of life for cancer patients. Despite the advent of less invasive treatments, lymphedema remains a common problem...
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