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A randomised controlled pilot study has assessed the effects of acupuncture and acupressure in managing cancer-related fatigue.

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A small study carried out in South Korea has investigated the effects of acupuncture on objective and subjective assessment of symptom changes in patients with head and neck cancer who have with radiation-induced xerostomia (dry mouth due to lack of saliva).

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A pilot study suggests that ginseng can relieve fatigue and boost energy levels in people with cancer.

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A small qualitative study carried out in the UK has found that a standardised auricular acupuncture protocol delivered in small group clinics is beneficial for women suffering from hot flushes caused by hormone treatment for breast cancer.

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Providing massage and acupuncture in addition to usual care results in decreased pain and depressive mood among postoperative cancer patients.

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Traditional Chinese herbal medicine (TCHM) does not reduce the toxic effects of chemotherapy on patients’ blood cell populations, however it does have a significant impact on control of nausea.

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A study of nearly 1,500 breast cancer patients in Shanghai found that having taken ginseng regularly before their diagnosis resulted in a significantly reduced chance of dying from the cancer or other causes, and that taking it before and after diagnosis was associated with improved quality of life.

 

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Hosni Mubarak ordered a global search for effective lung cancer treatments after his favourite actor died of the disease.

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A systematic review published by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organisation that evaluates medical research, pooled results from nine studies into the use of acupuncture for post-chemotherapy vomiting.

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Xerostomia(dry mouth) is a common sequela of radiation for head and neck cancer as well as a consequence of medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants and diuretics.

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