Acupuncture reduces the occurrence of breast cancer-related lymphedema: Study

(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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Abstract Breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) is a potentially debilitating and often irreversible complication of breast cancer treatment. Risk of BCRL is proportional to the extent of axillary surgery and radiation. Other risk factors include obesity and infections. Given the 5-year survival rate of 90% and its potential impact on the quality of life of survivors of breast cancer, BCRL has become a significant financial burden on the health care system. Minimizing axillary surgery and radiation has been proven to reduce the risk of BCRL. Comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment at the time of initial diagno...
Source: JOP - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: J Oncol Pract Source Type: research
Conclusions: Our model is more reliable and stable to assist doctors predict the SLN metastasis in breast cancer patients before operation. Introduction The incidence of breast cancer is the first in female malignant tumors, in which the highest incidence of breast cancer has been reported in Europe and the United States, however, in recent years, the incidence of breast cancer in China has annually increased (1, 2). Based on surgery as an important step in the treatment of breast cancer, in recent years, different individuals have never stopped exploration of a novel and optimum approach. Besides, NSABP-04, ASCOG-...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusions Lymphatic vessels, like blood vessels, are a highly interactive surface for cells of the immune system, and through the use of chemokines and their receptors can coordinate key interactions. These pathways can control the entry and function of particular immune subsets in a number of pathological conditions. Nonetheless LECs have distinct patterns of chemokine secretion and expression of chemokine receptors that distinguish them from the blood vessel system and mediate distinct roles and responses. The abundance and diversity of the chemokine family point to the likelihood that a plethora of novel chemokine fu...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Vit Weinberger1, Marketa Bednarikova2, Jitka Hausnerova3, Petra Ovesna4, Petra Vinklerova1, Lubos Minar1, Michal Felsinger1, Eva Jandakova3, Marta Cihalova3 and Michal Zikan5* 1Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital in Brno and Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia2Department of Internal Medicine – Hematology and Oncology, University Hospital in Brno and Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia3Department of Pathology, University Hospital in Brno and Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia4Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses, Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia5Institute of Biostati...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
This study was conducted to evaluate the oncology nurses' knowledge about lymphedema assessment, prevention, and management among women with breast cancer, and identify the relationships between oncology nurses' academic qualification, years of experience, and level of knowledge. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive design was used. A sample of 150 participants from three institutions completed the study surveys. RESULTS: 60% (N = 90) of the participants did not pass the knowledge test. 70% (N = 105) of the participants showed lack of knowledge regarding BCRL assessment and examination. The results show...
Source: Breast Disease - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Breast Dis Source Type: research
ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To analyze the factors associated with the presence of depression symptoms in women after breast cancer. METHODS: Cross-sectional study with 181 women with breast cancer, aged 57.0 years (SD = 9.5), who were undergoing treatment or after treatment in the Oncology Research Center in Florian ópolis, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. The questionnaire comprised items addressing general and health information, economic level, anthropometric measures, depression symptoms (Beck Depression Inventory), self-esteem (Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale), and body image (Body Image After Breast Cancer Q uestionnaire...
Source: Revista de Saude Publica - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
This study aimed to discuss the impacts of changes to pathological indicators of patients with breast cancer upon the incidence of postoperative lymphedema of the upper limb and prognosis. METHODS: 2,597 female patients with breast cancer who received surgical treatment in our hospital were enrolled in this study to evaluate the incidence of these patients' postoperative lymphedema of the upper limb. RESULTS: For patients with breast cancer, the incidence of postoperative lymphedema of the upper limb was related to T stage of breast cancer, lymph node metastasis, number of metastatic lymph nodes, pTNM stage, and ...
Source: Bioscience Reports - Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Tags: Biosci Rep Source Type: research
CONCLUSION:: Calculated volume based on arm circumferences is the best measurement method for evaluating excessive arm volume over time in terms of reliability, low error rate, low cost, few limitations and the time spent. PMID: 30880473 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Clinical Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Clin Rehabil Source Type: research
Abstract With declining mortality rates, the number of breast cancer survivors is increasing. Ongoing care after breast cancer treatment is often provided by primary care physicians. This care includes surveillance for cancer recurrence with a history and physical examination every three to six months for the first three years after treatment, every six to 12 months for two more years, and annually thereafter. Mammography is performed annually. Magnetic resonance imaging of the breast is not indicated unless patients are at high risk of recurrence, such as having a hereditary cancer syndrome. Many breast cancer su...
Source: American Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Am Fam Physician Source Type: research
We present the case of a 52-year-old female who had undergone mastectomy due to breast cancer and 13 years later required shoulder disarticulation due to Stewart-Treves syndrome. PMID: 30838096 [PubMed]
Source: Oman Medical Journal - Category: Middle East Health Tags: Oman Med J Source Type: research
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