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Acupuncture and oncology

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...
October 11, 2016: Cancer Research
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...
September 22, 2016: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
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
Aneta Kilian-Kita, Mirosława Puskulluoglu, Kamil Konopka, Krzysztof Krzemieniecki
Acupuncture is a complementary and alternative medical treatment (CAM) which is increasingly used in the care of cancer patients. Traditionally derived from Chinese medicine, nowadays it is becoming a part of evidence-based oncology. The use of acupuncture in these patients has been recommended by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for the treatment of side effects associated with conventional cancer therapy and cancer-related ailments. A growing body of evidence supports the use of acupuncture in the treatment of cancer-induced pain and chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting...
2016: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
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
S Kannan, S Gowri
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials are mandatory for evidence-based practice. Hardly, any data are available regarding the number of clinical trials and their methodological quality that are conducted in allied fields of medicine. OBJECTIVE: The present study was envisaged to assess methodological quality of trials in allied medical fields. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Registered clinical trials in World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (http://apps...
March 2016: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
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
E Viel, A Vanoli, A Melis, F Rocher, B Schipman, D Truong
OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to highlight the efficiency of auriculotherapy in the treatment of hot flushes, especially in cancer-related menopausal transition. METHODS: We used systematically collected data from patients in 2014 in a medical oncology practice. The treatment was made according to the guidelines of The Inter-University Diploma and the cartography of the World Health Organization; data on satisfaction were collected orally. RESULTS: In 2014, 49 patients, among whom 41 had cancer, were treated for hot flushes...
June 2016: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
Gwen Wyatt, Stephanie L Pugh, Raimond K W Wong, Stephen Sagar, Anurag K Singh, Shlomo A Koyfman, Phuc F Nguyen-Tân, Sue S Yom, Francis S Cardinale, Khalil Sultanem, Ian Hodson, Greg A Krempl, Barbara Lukaszczyk, Alexander M Yeh, Lawrence Berk
PURPOSE: The purpose of this secondary analysis was to determine change in overall health-related quality of life (HRQOL) based on patient data obtained from NRG Oncology RTOG 0537 as measured by the RTOG-modified University of Washington Head and Neck Symptom Score (RM-UWHNSS). METHODS: A multi-site prospective randomized clinical trial design stratified 137 patients with post-radiation therapy xerostomia according to prior pilocarpine (PC) treatment and time after radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy and randomized patients into two groups...
September 2016: Quality of Life Research
Helen Blackburn, Sandra West
BACKGROUND: Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is an established treatment in managing liver primary neoplasms or liver metastases. Postembolization syndrome (PES) is a common adverse event defined as fever without associated sepsis, pain in the right upper quadrant, and nausea and/or vomiting. OBJECTIVE: This integrative review aims to identify effective management strategies for PES or one of its characterizing symptoms (fever, pain, and nausea and/or vomiting)...
September 2016: Cancer Nursing
Linling Xu, Tianshu Xu
To explore the status of acupuncture and moxibustion for prevention and treatment of lung cancer in current years; literature regarding acupuncture and moxibustion for prevention and treatment of lung cancer between 2003 and 2013 from SCI journals was retrieved and analyzed. As a result, 20 papers were included, which were published in 17 journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chest, Respirology and Lung Cancer, etc. Of them, 3 papers discussed the effects of acupuncture on progressing of lung cancer; 4 articles confirmed that acupuncture could reduce myelosuppression and digestive tract reactions induced by radiotherapy and chemotherapy; 6 papers showed that acupuncture could relieve pain or fatigue of lung cancer; 3 papers indicated that acupuncture could palliate dyspnea in lung cancer patients...
June 2015: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Paul A Cybularz, Karen Brothers, Gurneet M Singh, Jennifer L Feingold, Mark E Lewis, Michelle L Niesley
Background: Acceptance of acupuncture as an efficacious integrative modality for oncology-related side-effect management is rapidly expanding. It is imperative that guidelines regarding safe treatment supported by clinical experience are established. Oncology patients frequently experience thrombocytopenia as a side-effect of chemotherapy or radiation. However, safety data for acupuncture in adult patients with cancer who are thrombocytopenic is lacking. Materials and Methods: The medical records of 684 patients who received acupuncture treatments in an established acupuncture program at a private cancer treatment hospital were reviewed for adverse events occurring within the context of thrombocytopenia...
June 1, 2015: Medical Acupuncture
Cindy Tofthagen, Sarah Boses, Gene Healy, Nuruddin Jooma
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture is being used for treatment of cancer-related symptoms in numerous settings, yet empirical evidence supporting the effects of acupuncture in this setting is lacking. Group acupuncture is an economical way to provide acupuncture to patients at a reduced cost. OBJECTIVE: In this retrospective study we sought to evaluate the effects of group acupuncture on specific cancer-related symptoms in persons receiving outpatient cancer treatment. METHODS: Patients were receiving group acupuncture treatments through an integrative oncology program in a large community oncology practice in west central Florida...
October 2015: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Guangjun Wang, Gerhard Litscher
Background: The therapeutic mainstays of cancer remain surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. However, radiotherapy and chemotherapy are often associated with serious side-effects, such as nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture has been used widely to treat disorders in clinical practice for at least 3000 years. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting are suitable for acupuncture intervention. Objectives: The goal of this review is to analyze the applications of acupuncture for treating cancer and to look ahead at the potential advantages of acupuncture for patients with cancer...
June 1, 2015: Medical Acupuncture
Heather Greenlee, Katherine D Crew, Jillian Capodice, Danielle Awad, Anne Jeffres, Joseph M Unger, Danika L Lew, Lisa K Hansen, Frank L Meyskens, James L Wade, Dawn L Hershman
Robust methods are needed to efficiently conduct large, multisite, randomized, controlled clinical trials of acupuncture protocols. The Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) S1200 trial is a randomized, controlled (i.e., sham-controlled and waitlist-controlled) trial of a standardized acupuncture protocol for treating aromatase inhibitor (AI)-associated arthralgias in early-stage breast cancer patients (n = 228). The primary objective of this study was to determine whether true acupuncture administered twice weekly for 6 weeks, as compared to sham acupuncture or a waitlist control, reduced AI-associated joint pain at 6 weeks as assessed by patient reports...
June 2015: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Lora M A Thompson, Sarah Rausch Osian, Paul B Jacobsen, Peter A S Johnstone
Acupuncture is increasingly offered as a treatment option for managing cancer-related symptoms. In addition to randomized controlled trials, patient-reported outcomes may be needed to establish treatment effectiveness. This study retrospectively examined the symptoms and the satisfaction ratings of 90 patients receiving acupuncture at an integrative oncology clinic. At least two acupuncture sessions were completed by 72% of the sample. The prevalence rates of fatigue, pain, anxiety, physical distress, emotional distress, and poor quality of life before acupuncture were > 62%...
June 2015: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
Chris McKeon, Caroline A Smith, Kristen Gibbons, Janet Hardy
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of undertaking a high-quality randomised controlled study to determine whether EA gives better control of delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) than sham EA or standard antiemetic treatment alone. METHODS: Patients having their first cycle of moderately or highly emetogenic chemotherapy were randomised to EA, sham EA or standard care. EA was given for 30 min on day 1 at the time of chemotherapy and on day 3 using standard acupuncture points bilaterally...
August 2015: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Saunjoo L Yoon, Oliver Grundmann, Joseph J Williams, Gwen Carriere
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To investigate the feasibility of using acupuncture as a complementary intervention to existing treatments and to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture in improving appetite and slowing weight loss with patients with gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancers. 
 DESIGN: One-group pre- and postintervention feasibility study. 
 SETTING: Outpatient clinic for patients with cancer and a community setting, both in Florida. 
 SAMPLE: A convenience sample of seven adults with GI cancer...
March 2015: Oncology Nursing Forum
Jill R Johnson, Daniel J Crespin, Kristen H Griffin, Michael D Finch, Jeffery A Dusek
BACKGROUND: Few studies have investigated the effectiveness of integrative medicine (IM) therapies on pain and anxiety among oncology inpatients. METHODS: Retrospective data obtained from electronic medical records identified patients with an oncology International Classification of Diseases-9 code who were admitted to a large Midwestern hospital between July 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012. Outcomes were change in patient-reported pain and anxiety, rated before and after individual IM treatment sessions, using a numeric scale (0-10)...
November 2014: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs
Richard T Lee, Peiying Yang, Heather Greenlee, Susan Bauer-Wu, Lynda G Balneaves, Suzanna Zick
The 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) brought together more than 300 clinicians, researchers, patients, and advocates to hear and interact with world-leading experts about the latest research in the areas of nutrition, exercise, acupuncture, health services research, meditation, and other integrative disciplines. The conference theme, "Personalized Integrative Oncology: Targeted Approaches for Optimal Outcomes," highlighted innovations in personalized medicine and ways this growing field will advance the evolution of individualized integrative cancer care to the next level...
January 2015: Integrative Cancer Therapies
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