Evidence, safety and recommendations for when to use acupuncture for treating cancer related symptoms: a narrative review
ConclusionThe strength of evidence is weak for many indications, however the evidence for many standard therapies is either not very strong or if stronger, the incidence of adverse events is more, which makes acupuncture a treatment option despite the weak evidence. We have found evidence that many oncologists around the world have started to incorporate acupuncture into the treatment of various cancer related symptoms.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite the widespread use of the STRICTA guidelines in acupuncture research, adherence remains poor for a few specific items. Further research is required to explore the reasons why authors fail to report those items, and to develop strategies to improve the adherence to the guidelines. PMID: 31188014 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conclusion: Our study will provide the evidence for the clinical efficacy and safety of acupuncture at 3 anti-fatigue acupoints in the treatment of CRF.
To reduce chemotherapy-induced neuropathy (CIN) —a significant challenge among cancer patients following chemotherapy—we explored the effects of auricular point acupressure (APA), which involves needleless, acupuncture-like stimulation on specific ear points.
Conclusions: The reasons for using CAMs differed among patients. They praised CAMs and kept asking for more information although there is limited evidence about their efficacy in the literature. Thus, prospective randomized controlled trials exploring the safety and efficacy of CAMs in cancer patients are needed.Oncology
CONCLUSIONS: The reasons for using CAMs differed among patients. They praised CAMs and kept asking for more information although there is limited evidence about their efficacy in the literature. Thus, prospective randomized controlled trials exploring the safety and efficacy of CAMs in cancer patients are needed. PMID: 31132779 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conclusions: The evidence is insufficient to recommend acupuncture for the treatment or prevention of cipn. Further research is needed to evaluate the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of cipn. Given that acupuncture is considered safe and might provide relief for patients, it can be considered at the clinician's discretion. PMID: 31043820 [PubMed - in process]
Conditions: Oral Cancer; Hypopharyngeal Cancer Interventions: Other: Specific acupuncture group; Drug: Metoclopramide 10mg; Other: Non-specific acupuncture group Sponsor: China Medical University Hospital Not yet recruiting
Rationale: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a persistent, subjective sense of tiredness or exhaustion experienced by cancer patients. Acupuncture is a safe and feasible optional method for adjunctive treatment for CRF. However, the therapeutic effect of the Fatigue Three-Needle acupuncture therapy in patients with CRF has not been well-investigated. Patient concerns: A 53-year-old woman had been experiencing fatigue since the radical resection of sigmoid colon cancer 2 years ago, for which she underwent traditional Chinese medicine treatment. Diagnosis: After some review, she was diagnosed with CRF. Although she und...