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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820520/response-to-assessing-the-impact-of-acupuncture-on-pain-nausea-anxiety-and-coping-in-women-undergoing-a-mastectomy
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Jose M Moran, Antonio S Fernández, Juan D Pedrera-Zamorano
We read with interest the pilot randomized, controlled trial by Quinlan-Woodward et al. (2016) published in Oncology Nursing Forum about the impact of acupuncture on pain, nausea, anxiety, and coping in women undergoing a mastectomy. We think that there are both theoretical and methodologic issues that do not allow the authors to conclude that their study demonstrated that acupuncture delivered postoperatively in the hospital after mastectomy can reduce the severity of symptoms experienced and increase the patient's ability to cope with her symptoms...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740905/use-of-acupuncture-to-alleviate-side-effects-in-radiation-oncology-current-evidence-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Rebecca Asadpour, Zhiqiang Meng, Kerstin A Kessel, Stephanie E Combs
Several reports have shown that acupuncture is an effective method of complementary medicine; however, only a few of these reports have focused on oncological patients treated with radiation therapy. Most of these studies discuss a benefit of acupuncture for side-effect reduction; however, not all could demonstrate significant improvements. Thus, innovative trial designs are necessary to confirm that acupuncture can alleviate side effects related to radiation therapy. In the present manuscript, we perform a broad review and discuss pitfalls and limitations of acupuncture in parallel with standard radiation therapy, which lead the way to novel treatment concepts...
October 2016: Advances in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661695/treatment-of-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-in-integrative-oncology-a-survey-of-acupuncture-and-oriental-medicine-practitioners
#3
Zhaoxue Lu, Jennifer Moody, Benjamin L Marx, Tracy Hammerstrom
OBJECTIVES: Complementary and alternative medicine is increasingly integrated into cancer care. We sought detail on the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) with acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) by surveying practitioners at integrative oncology (IO) sites across the United States. DESIGN: Online survey of licensed acupuncturists. SETTING/LOCATION: IO sites in the United States. SUBJECTS: Fifteen licensed acupuncturists who completed the survey between February 2014 and June 2014...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652897/low-level-laser-therapy-in-russia-history-science-and-practice
#4
REVIEW
Sergey Vladimirovich Moskvin
In Russia (formerly USSR) study of biomodulation action (BMA) mechanisms of low-intensity laser irradiation (LILI) began in 1964, immediately after the development of lasers. During the period from 1965 to 1972 several dozens of scientific conferences were held, hundreds of studies were published. Generally, secondary mechanisms and results of LILI effect on patients with various diseases were studied. This data was immediately implemented into practical medicine in the fields of oncology, surgery, dermatology and dentistry, and since 1974 low level laser therapy (LLLT) is included in the standard of state medical care...
2017: Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637073/-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-oncology-what%C3%A2-makes-sense
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REVIEW
Axel Eustachi, Dieter Melchart
The basis of any complementary therapy should be the recommendation of a healthy lifestyle (diet, nutrition, exercise, stress-reduction), and appropriate self-help techniques (e. g. thermotherapy, herbal OTC-products) aimed at releasing the patients' most debilitating symptoms. For therapy-resistant or strong symptoms, more invasive interventions or medical treatments with an acceptable evidence base can be used (e. g. acupuncture for cancer pain, herbal prescriptions). The effects of any complementary intervention should be controlled for a period of six weeks after its administration...
June 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597400/gynecologic-oncologists-attitudes-and-practices-relating-to-integrative-medicine-results-of-a-nationwide-ago-survey
#6
Evelyn Klein, Matthias W Beckmann, Werner Bader, Cosima Brucker, Gustav Dobos, Dorothea Fischer, Volker Hanf, Annette Hasenburg, Sebastian M Jud, Matthias Kalder, Marion Kiechle, Sherko Kümmel, Andreas Müller, Myrjam-Alice T Müller, Daniela Paepke, Andre-Robert Rotmann, Florian Schütz, Anton Scharl, Petra Voiss, Markus Wallwiener, Claudia Witt, Carolin C Hack
PURPOSE: The growing popularity and acceptance of integrative medicine is evident both among patients and among the oncologists treating them. As little data are available regarding health-care professionals' knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to the topic, a nationwide online survey was designed. METHODS: Over a period of 11 weeks (from July 15 to September 30, 2014) a self-administered, 17-item online survey was sent to all 676 members of the Research Group on Gynecological Oncology (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynäkologische Onkologie) in the German Cancer Society...
August 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442462/patients-and-physiotherapists-belief-in-and-use-of-acupuncture-for-cancer-related-symptoms
#7
Anna Enblom
BACKGROUND: It is important to investigate attitudes to acupuncture, because therapists' and patients' expectations may affect the treatment outcome. AIM: To explore the use of and belief in acupuncture among oncological physiotherapists and to explore patients' interest in receiving acupuncture during cancer therapy and their belief in its effectiveness. METHODS: 522 patients (80% female, mean age 67 years) reported on their interest in receiving acupuncture for nausea during radiotherapy treatment; a subgroup (n=198) additionally disclosed their belief in the effectiveness of acupuncture...
August 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436999/clinical-practice-guidelines-on-the-evidence-based-use-of-integrative-therapies-during-and-after-breast-cancer-treatment
#8
REVIEW
Heather Greenlee, Melissa J DuPont-Reyes, Lynda G Balneaves, Linda E Carlson, Misha R Cohen, Gary Deng, Jillian A Johnson, Matthew Mumber, Dugald Seely, Suzanna M Zick, Lindsay M Boyce, Debu Tripathy
Answer questions and earn CME/CNE Patients with breast cancer commonly use complementary and integrative therapies as supportive care during cancer treatment and to manage treatment-related side effects. However, evidence supporting the use of such therapies in the oncology setting is limited. This report provides updated clinical practice guidelines from the Society for Integrative Oncology on the use of integrative therapies for specific clinical indications during and after breast cancer treatment, including anxiety/stress, depression/mood disorders, fatigue, quality of life/physical functioning, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, lymphedema, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, pain, and sleep disturbance...
May 6, 2017: CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427442/effect-of-acupuncture-in-prevention-and-treatment-of-chemotherapy-induced-nausea-and-vomiting-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Qi-Wei Li, Ming-Wei Yu, Guo-Wang Yang, Xiao-Min Wang, Huan Wang, Chen-Xi Zhang, Na Xue, Wei-Ru Xu, Qi Fu, Zhong Yang, Lin Yang
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is one of the most common and distressing side effects in patients with cancer. The introduction and development of antiemetic drugs have significantly improved the ability of clinicians to control CINV, but it is not easy to translate to practical application, owing to financial issues, provider-related barriers, and patient factors. Nondrug therapies are needed to alleviate the symptoms of CINV. Acupuncture is an appropriate adjunctive treatment for CINV, but additional evidence is needed...
April 20, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176457/predictors-of-acupuncture-use-among-children-and-adolescents-with-cancer
#10
Sagar K Chokshi, Elena J Ladas, Katherine Taromina, Douglas McDaniel, Diane Rooney, Zhezhen Jin, Wei-Chun Hsu, Kara M Kelly
BACKGROUND: Evidence for the application of acupuncture in pediatric oncology is limited. We investigated the acceptance of acupuncture and factors associated with its use among children and adolescents with cancer. METHODS: Ninety acupuncture-naïve children receiving cancer treatment at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) provided consent/assent for participation. Participants could choose to receive or refuse integrative services offered at CUMC. Symptoms were collected for a 6-month period with the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (MSAS)...
July 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156488/new-primary-palliative-care-pc-model-for-community-cancer-clinics-ccc
#11
Deborah Gray, Stephanie Struve, Carol Huibregtse, Qiaofang Chen
159 Background: Our CCC serving a mixed rural/urban population is part of a large integrated healthcare system in Eastern WI. The closest PC specialist/team is 45 miles away at one of the tertiary care facilities. To fill this service gap we implemented a primary PC model. An initial outpatient palliative care family conference (OFC) and use of cancer nurse navigators (CNN)are hallmarks of this program. METHODS: The VLCC, housed in a standalone facility is staffed by two medical oncologists and one radiation oncologist and has an infusion center and a full-fledged radiation oncology unit with support staff, including cancer nurse navigators, research nurses, social workers, a clinical psychologist, a pharmacist, a nutritionist, a therapy dog and a chaplain...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130601/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-radiation-oncology-survey-of-patients-attitudes
#12
Sabrina Lettner, Kerstin A Kessel, Stephanie E Combs
BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are gaining in importance, but objective data are mostly missing. However, in previous trials, methods such as acupuncture showed significant advantages compared to standard therapies. Thus, the aim was to evaluate most frequently used methods, their significance and the general acceptance amongst cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy (RT). METHODS: A questionnaire of 18 questions based on the categorical classification released by the National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health was developed...
May 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068938/acupuncture-combined-with-methylcobalamin-for-the-treatment-of-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-in-patients-with-multiple-myeloma
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Xiaoyan Han, Lijuan Wang, Hongfei Shi, Gaofeng Zheng, Jingsong He, Wenjun Wu, Jimin Shi, Guoqing Wei, Weiyan Zheng, Jie Sun, He Huang, Zhen Cai
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) seriously affects the quality of life of patients with multiple myeloma (MM) as well as the response rate to chemotherapy. Acupuncture has a potential role in the treatment of CIPN, but at present there have been no randomized clinical research studies to analyze the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of CIPN, particularly in MM patients. METHODS: The MM patients (104 individuals) who met the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned into a solely methylcobalamin therapy group (500 μg intramuscular methylcobalamin injections every other day for 20 days; ten injections) followed by 2 months of 500 μg oral methylcobalamin administration, three times per day) and an acupuncture combined with methylcobalamin (Met + Acu) group (methylcobalamin used the same way as above accompanied by three cycles of acupuncture)...
January 9, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050924/inpatient-acupuncture-at-a-major-cancer-center
#14
M Kay Garcia, Lorenzo Cohen, Michael Spano, Amy Spelman, Yousra Hashmi, Alejandro Chaoul, Qi Wei, Gabriel Lopez
BACKGROUND: Use of complementary and integrative therapies is increasing among cancer patients, but data regarding the impact treatments such as acupuncture have in an inpatient oncology setting are limited. METHODS: Patients who received acupuncture in an inpatient hospital environment between December 2014 and December 2015 were asked to complete a modified Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS; 0-10 scale) before and after each visit. Pre- and post-treatment scores were examined for each symptom using paired t tests...
December 1, 2016: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899312/exploratory-factor-analysis-of-nrg-oncology-s-university-of-washington-quality-of-life-questionnaire-rtog-modification
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Stephanie L Pugh, Gwen Wyatt, Raimond K W Wong, Stephen M Sagar, Bevan Yueh, Anurag K Singh, Min Yao, Phuc Felix Nguyen-Tan, Sue S Yom, Francis S Cardinale, Khalil Sultanem, D Ian Hodson, Greg A Krempl, Ariel Chavez, Alexander M Yeh, Deborah W Bruner
CONTEXT: The 15-item University of Washington Quality of Life questionnaire-Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) modification (UW-QOL-RTOG modification) has been used in several trials of head and neck cancer conducted by NRG Oncology such as RTOG 9709, RTOG 9901, RTOG 0244, and RTOG 0537. OBJECTIVES: This study is an exploratory factor analysis (EFA) to establish validity and reliability of the instrument subscales. METHODS: EFA on the UW-QOL-RTOG modification was conducted using baseline data from NRG Oncology's RTOG 0537, a trial of acupuncture-like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in treating radiation-induced xerostomia...
January 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854104/new-practical-approaches-to-chemotherapy-induced-neuropathic-pain-prevention-assessment-and-treatment
#16
REVIEW
Neil Majithia, Charles L Loprinzi, Thomas J Smith
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is one of the most disabling and demoralizing problems that arise for cancer survivors. When investigating symptoms of numbness, tingling, or pain in the extremities, it is critical to determine whether the problem is neuropathic, somatic, or mixed. If the diagnosis is CIPN, it is important to weigh the potential benefits and harms of possible treatment options, and to devise an evidence-based multimodality treatment program. Such programs may include mixtures of opioid and nonopioid adjunctive medications, based on evidence from CIPN trials, and also extrapolation from trials in patients with other neuropathic pain syndromes-although such extrapolating must be done with caution, since other syndromes sometimes respond to agents that CIPN does not respond to...
November 15, 2016: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846661/-physical-therapy-for-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-in-pediatric-oncology
#17
M Jung, N Rein, B Fuchs
Background: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a frequent side-effect of drugs that are used in the treatment of cancer. Affected individuals can suffer from motor, sensory or autonomy nerve damage. Further medication is used for the treatment of CIPN which can cause further side-effects. Patients should be offered physical therapy treatment to relieve the symptoms. Objective: The aim of this article is to give an overview of available literature investigating physical therapy in CIPN in pediatric oncology...
November 2016: Klinische Pädiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729327/connecting-t-issues-how-research-in-fascia-biology-can-impact-integrative-oncology
#18
REVIEW
Helene M Langevin, Patricia Keely, Jun Mao, Lisa M Hodge, Robert Schleip, Gary Deng, Boris Hinz, Melody A Swartz, Beverley A de Valois, Suzanna Zick, Thomas Findley
Complementary and integrative treatments, such as massage, acupuncture, and yoga, are used by increasing numbers of cancer patients to manage symptoms and improve their quality of life. In addition, such treatments may have other important and currently overlooked benefits by reducing tissue stiffness and improving mobility. Recent advances in cancer biology are underscoring the importance of connective tissue in the local tumor environment. Inflammation and fibrosis are well-recognized contributors to cancer, and connective tissue stiffness is emerging as a driving factor in tumor growth...
November 1, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27658799/factors-affecting-whether-or-not-cancer-patients-consider-using-acupuncture
#19
Byeongsang Oh, Thomas Eade, Andrew Kneebone, Nick Pavlakis, Stephen Clarke, Guy Eslick, Jo River, Michael Back
OBJECTIVE: To explore the factors associated with utilisation of an acupuncture service in a tertiary oncology setting in an Australian public hospital. METHOD: Cancer patients attending oncology clinics at a university teaching hospital were invited to participate in the evaluation of acupuncture services from June 2014 to May 2015. Patients had a prior diagnosis of cancer (albeit at different stages) and were planning to receive, or were already receiving, systemic and/or radiation cancer treatment...
April 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27467506/acupuncture-related-quality-of-life-changes-using-promis-computer-adaptive-tests-in-a-pragmatic-trial-with-oncology-and-general-integrative-medicine-patients-the-role-of-baseline-acupuncture-expectations
#20
David Victorson, Jennifer L Beaumont, Rupa Mahadevan, Ania Grimone, Virginia Burns, Wendy Murry, Sandra Gutierrez, Stephanie Schuette, Caitlin Brady, Melinda Ring
INTRODUCTION: Acupuncture has been shown to alleviate symptoms and increase general well-being in different medical patient samples. A major challenge in acupuncture clinical research is the availability of comparable and standardized patient-reported outcome measurement (PRO) tools. OBJECTIVES: This study used a pragmatic design to examine longitudinal changes in quality of life (QOL) in a medical patient sample following acupuncture using PROs from the National Institutes of Health's Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) initiative...
October 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
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