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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265850/a-general-description-for-chinese-medicine-in-treating-premature-ovarian-failure
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Jing Lin, Xue-Lian Li, Hui Song, Qian Li, Ming-Yan Wang, Xue-Min Qiu, Da-Jin Li, Ling Wang
Premature ovarian failure (POF) is a kind of gynecological disease that causes amenorrhea, infertility, menopause and urogenital symptoms. Currently hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the most popular choice for women with POF to get rid of menopausal syndrome. However, as the popularization of Chinese herbs made Chinese medicine (CM) shine new lights, physicians are able to treat POF with both meno-herbs and integrated therapy. HRT has its own indications and contraindications. For example, unexplained vaginal bleeding, acute liver damage, liver dysfunction, vascular embolization, and breast cancer are all contraindications of HRT, and CM is taken by more physicians as an adjuvant therapy...
February 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259297/management-of-aromatase-inhibitor-induced-musculoskeletal-symptoms-in-postmenopausal-early-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Kate Roberts, Kirsty Rickett, Ristan Greer, Natasha Woodward
Aromatase Inhibitors (AI) are widely used for the adjuvant treatment of hormone receptor positive breast cancers in the post-menopausal population. AI are often associated with significant joint and muscular symptoms; symptoms that are commonly referred to as aromatase inhibitor-associated musculoskeletal syndrome (AIMSS). AIMSS adversely impacts health-related quality of life of many patients, and reduces AI compliance. Although there are informal practice recommendations, the limited current level of evidence for management of AIMSS for breast cancer patients on aromatase inhibitors has made development of formal guidelines challenging, and remains an unmet need...
March 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150504/acupuncture-and-reflexology-for-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-in-breast-cancer
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Idan Ben-Horin, Peretz Kahan, Larisa Ryvo, Moshe Inbar, Shahar Lev-Ari, Ravit Geva
BACKGROUND: Treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), which affects approximately 30% to 40% of patients treated with neuropathy-causing agents, is mainly symptomatic. Currently available interventions are of little benefit. STUDY DESIGN: This study was conducted as a retrospective analysis of the efficacy of acupuncture and reflexology in alleviating CIPN in breast cancer patients. METHODS: Medical records of 30 consecutive breast cancer patients who received both chemotherapy and treatment for CIPN according to our Acupuncture and Reflexology Treatment for Neuropathy (ART-N) protocol between 2011 and 2012 were reviewed...
February 1, 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929271/hormone-therapy-and-other-treatments-for-symptoms-of-menopause
#4
D Ashley Hill, Mark Crider, Susan R Hill
The results of large clinical trials have led physicians and patients to question the safety of hormone therapy for menopause. In the past, physicians prescribed hormone therapy to improve overall health and prevent cardiac disease, as well as for symptoms of menopause. Combined estrogen/progestogen therapy, but not estrogen alone, increases the risk of breast cancer when used for more than three to five years. Therefore, in women with a uterus, it is recommended that physicians prescribe combination therapy only to treat menopausal symptoms such as vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes) and vaginal atrophy, using the smallest effective dosage for the shortest possible duration...
December 1, 2016: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875389/comparative-effectiveness-of-electro-acupuncture-versus-gabapentin-for-sleep-disturbances-in-breast-cancer-survivors-with-hot-flashes-a-randomized-trial
#5
Sheila N Garland, Sharon X Xie, Qing Li, Christina Seluzicki, Coby Basal, Jun J Mao
OBJECTIVE: Sleep disturbance is a major consequence of hot flashes among breast cancer survivors. This study evaluated the effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) versus gabapentin (GP) for sleep disturbances among breast cancer survivors experiencing daily hot flashes. METHODS: We analyzed data from a randomized controlled trial involving 58 breast cancer survivors experiencing bothersome hot flashes at least two times per day. Participants were randomly assigned to receive 8 weeks of EA or daily GP (total dose of 900 mg/d)...
November 21, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768139/assessing-the-impact-of-acupuncture-on-pain-nausea-anxiety-and-coping-in-women-undergoing-a-mastectomy
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Jessica Quinlan-Woodward, Autumn Gode, Jeffery A Dusek, Adam S Reinstein, Jill R Johnson, Sue Sendelbach
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To compare the effect of acupuncture to a standard-of-care (control) group on pain, nausea, anxiety, and ability to cope. 
. DESIGN: Pilot randomized, controlled trial. 
. SETTING: Abbott Northwestern Hospital, a large, urban, tertiary care hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
. SAMPLE: 30 adult women undergoing surgery for breast cancer.
. METHODS: Women were randomly assigned to two hospital-based acupuncture treatments versus usual care after breast cancer surgery...
November 1, 2016: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27709351/adverse-effects-of-non-hormonal%C3%A2-pharmacological%C3%A2-interventions-in-breast-cancer-survivors-suffering-from-hot-flashes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Jill Brook Hervik, Trine Stub
PURPOSE: To access frequency and severity of adverse effects (AE) of non-hormonal drugs (NHD) for hot flashes in breast cancer survivors compared to controls and analyze adverse-effect risk by reviewing published randomized trials. METHODS: Cochrane Central Register for Controlled Trials, Embase, Medline, PsycINFO and PubMed databases were searched. Trials were included where participants were survivors of breast cancer suffering from hot flashes, treatment included self-administered venlafaxine, gabapentin or clonidine, and AE were reported...
November 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27630734/-the-monkey-on-your-shoulder-a-qualitative-study-of-lymphoedema-patients-attitudes-to-and-experiences-of-acupuncture-and-moxibustion
#8
Beverley de Valois, Anthea Asprey, Teresa Young
Background. Lymphoedema, a distressing consequence of cancer treatment, has significant negative impact on health-related quality of life. Multidisciplinary approaches are needed to improve physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Acupuncture and moxibustion (acu/moxa), two modalities of traditional East Asian medicine, may contribute to improved outcomes for cancer survivors with lymphoedema. Aim. To explore how patients with lymphoedema secondary to cancer treatment perceive and experience acu/moxa treatment...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27533271/effectiveness-of-traditional-chinese-acupuncture-versus-sham-acupuncture-a-systematic-review
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Luís Carlos, Lóris Aparecida Prado da Cruz, Vanessa Cristina Leopoldo, Fabrício Ribeiro de Campos, Ana Maria de Almeida, Renata Cristina de Campos Pereira Silveira
OBJECTIVE: to identify and synthesize the evidence from randomized clinical trials that tested the effectiveness of traditional Chinese acupuncture in relation to sham acupuncture for the treatment of hot flashes in menopausal women with breast cancer. METHOD: systematic review guided by the recommendations of the Cochrane Collaboration. Citations were searched in the following databases: MEDLINE via PubMed, Web of Science, CENTRAL, CINAHL, and LILACS. A combination of the following keywords was used: breast neoplasm, acupuncture, acupuncture therapy, acupuncture points, placebos, sham treatment, hot flashes, hot flushes, menopause, climacteric, and vasomotor symptoms...
August 15, 2016: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27497608/acupuncture-for-treating-hot-flashes-in-breast-cancer-patients-an-updated-meta-analysis
#10
Alireza Salehi, Maryam Marzban, Abbas Rezian Zadeh
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture for treatment of hot flash in women with breast cancer. METHODS: The aspects considered in this study included searching for 12 data bases until April 2015 and consulting reference lists of reviews and related articles. Additional features studied comprised all articles on human patients with breast cancer treated with needle acupuncture with or without electrical stimulation for the treatment of hot flashes...
August 6, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27461606/acupuncture-for-hot-flashes-in-women-with-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review
#11
REVIEW
Yu-Pei Chen, Tong Liu, Yuan-Yuan Peng, Yan-Ping Wang, Huan Chen, Yi-Fan Fan, Li Zhang
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is applied worldwide in treating hot flashes (HFs), which may be a common complication experienced by women with breast cancer (BC). Although researches associated with the effect of acupuncture for HFs have been done by many people, there is a lack of comprehensive evaluation of the effect of this therapy. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review is to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for HFs in women with BC. METHODS: Seven databases (Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Embase, PubMed, Web of Science, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure Database, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database, and Wan Fang Database) were searched from their inceptions to June 2015 without language restrictions...
April 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27342884/compounds-of-natural-origin-and-acupuncture-for-the-treatment-of-diseases-caused-by-estrogen-deficiency
#12
REVIEW
Abhishek Thakur, Subhash C Mandal, Sugato Banerjee
A predominant number of diseases affecting women are related to female hormones. In most of the cases, these diseases are reported to be associated with menstrual problems. These diseases affect female reproductive organs such as the breast, uterus, and ovaries. Estrogen is the main hormone responsible for the menstrual cycle, so irregular menstruation is primarily due to a disturbance in estrogen levels. Estrogen imbalance leads to various pathological conditions in premenopausal women, such as endometriosis, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, poly cysts, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, etc...
June 2016: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27333128/interventions-for-the-treatment-of-aromatase-inhibitor-associated-arthralgia-in-breast-cancer-survivors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Gee Su Yang, Hee Jun Kim, Kathleen A Griffith, Shijun Zhu, Susan G Dorsey, Cynthia L Renn
BACKGROUND: Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) have been established as successful adjuvant therapy for breast cancer survivors. Unfortunately, nearly half of women taking AIs report joint pain, AI-associated arthralgia (AIA). Aromatase inhibitor-associated arthralgia often results in noncompliance, which could lead to cancer recurrence. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify current pain management of AIA and to evaluate the study quality and effects of interventions...
June 21, 2016: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27282790/coping-with-menopausal-symptoms-an-internet-survey-of-belgian-postmenopausal-women
#14
H Depypere, A Pintiaux, J Desreux, M Hendrickx, P Neven, E Marchowicz, V Albert, V Leclercq, S Van den Branden, S Rozenberg
OBJECTIVES: An internet survey was performed to obtain data on the current use in Belgium of hormone replacement therapy and alternative treatments for the alleviation of menopausal symptoms. A supplementary aim was to assess the use of opt-in internet opinion panels (TalkToChange, http://www.talktochange.com, and GMI, http://www.gmi-mr.com/global-panel) as a potential new way to obtain data on menopausal issues. STUDY DESIGN: Data were collected via an internet platform from 696 postmenopausal women aged 45-60 years...
August 2016: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27230757/breast-cancer-integrative-oncology-care-and-its-costs
#15
Leanna J Standish, Fred Dowd, Erin Sweet, Linda Dale, Morgan Weaver, Barbara Osborne, M Robyn Andersen
BACKGROUND: Naturopathic oncology in conjunction with conventional treatment is commonly referred to as integrative oncology (IO). Clinics directed by oncology board certified NDs (Fellows of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology or FABNOs) provide high-quality data for describing IO therapies, their costs and measuring clinical outcomes. PURPOSE: To describe the types of IO therapies prescribed to breast cancer patients by ND FABNO physicians. Study participants (n = 324)...
May 26, 2016: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27177930/a-cross-sectional-survey-of-pain-catastrophising-and-acupuncture-use-among-breast-cancer-survivors
#16
Iris Lee, Sheila N Garland, Angela DeMichele, John T Farrar, Eun-Ok Im, Jun J Mao
INTRODUCTION: Treatment-related joint pain affects almost half of all women with breast cancer using aromatase inhibitors and is a major reason for terminating treatment. Although acupuncture is becoming an increasingly popular, evidence-based option for treating pain, little is known about the potential influence of psychological factors on acupuncture use. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the association between pain catastrophising and use of acupuncture in breast cancer survivors experiencing arthralgia...
March 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27022113/acupuncture-as-an-integrative-approach-for-the-treatment-of-hot-flashes-in-women-with-breast-cancer-a-prospective-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial-acclimat
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Grazia Lesi, Giorgia Razzini, Muriel Assunta Musti, Elisa Stivanello, Chiara Petrucci, Benedetta Benedetti, Ermanno Rondini, Maria Bernadette Ligabue, Laura Scaltriti, Alberto Botti, Fabrizio Artioli, Pamela Mancuso, Francesco Cardini, Paolo Pandolfi
PURPOSE: To determine the effectiveness of acupuncture for the management of hot flashes in women with breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial comparing acupuncture plus enhanced self-care versus enhanced self-care alone. A total of 190 women with breast cancer were randomly assigned. Random assignment was performed with stratification for hormonal therapy; the allocation ratio was 1:1. Both groups received a booklet with information about climacteric syndrome and its management to be followed for at least 12 weeks...
May 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27015968/informing-hot-flash-treatment-decisions-for-breast-cancer-survivors-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-trials-comparing-active-interventions
#18
REVIEW
Claire Johns, Susan M Seav, Sally A Dominick, Jessica R Gorman, Hongying Li, Loki Natarajan, Jun James Mao, H Irene Su
Patient-centered decision making about hot flash treatments often incorporates a balance of efficacy and side effects in addition to patient preference. This systematic review examines randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing at least two non-hormonal hot flash treatments in breast cancer survivors. In July 2015, PubMed, SCOPUS, CINAHL, Cochrane, and Web of Science databases were searched for RCTs comparing active, non-hormonal hot flash treatments in female breast cancer survivors. Thirteen trials were included after identifying 906 potential studies...
April 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27013473/randomized-sham-controlled-pilot-trial-of-weekly-electro-acupuncture-for-the-prevention-of-taxane-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-in-women-with-early-stage-breast-cancer
#19
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Heather Greenlee, Katherine D Crew, Jillian Capodice, Danielle Awad, Donna Buono, Zaixing Shi, Anne Jeffres, Sharon Wyse, Wendy Whitman, Meghna S Trivedi, Kevin Kalinsky, Dawn L Hershman
To investigate the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) as a non-pharmacological intervention to prevent or reduce chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy of taxane. Women with stage I-III breast cancer scheduled to receive taxane therapy were randomized to receive a standardized protocol of 12 true or sham EA (SEA) weekly treatments concurrent with taxane treatment. Subjects completed the Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form (BPI-SF), Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Taxane neurotoxicity subscale (FACT-NTX), and other assessments at baseline and weeks 6, 12, and 16...
April 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26966410/effects-of-warm-acupuncture-on-breast-cancer-related-chronic-lymphedema-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
C Yao, Y Xu, L Chen, H Jiang, C S Ki, J S Byun, W Bian
BACKGROUND: Effective treatment for breast cancer-related chronic lymphedema (bcrl) remains a clinical challenge. Acupuncture and moxibustion treatments have been shown to be beneficial and safe for treating bcrl. In the present randomized controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of combined acupuncture and moxibustion ("warm acupuncture") with that of diosmin in bcrl. METHODS: Breast cancer patients who met the inclusion and exclusion criteria (n = 30) were randomized to experimental and control groups (15 per group)...
February 2016: Current Oncology
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