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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.
Providing massage and acupuncture in addition to usual care results in decreased pain and depressive mood among postoperative cancer patients.
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.
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.
Hosni Mubarak ordered a global search for effective lung cancer treatments after his favourite actor died of the disease.
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.
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.
A study carried out at at Mount Vernon Hospital in Middlesex, England, has found that traditional acupuncture is able to relieve the hot flushes that many women experience when taking tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer.
90 patients with cancer pain that was unrelieved by medication were randomly assigned to receive a. two courses of auricular acupuncture at points detected using a point detector, b. auricular acupuncture at points where there was no signal from the detector (placebo points), or c. auricular press seeds at placebo points.
Another study has confirmed the benefit of acupuncture in the treatment of painful xerostomia (dry mouth) following radiotherapy for head or neck cancer.