10. October 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Cancer, Gastric Cancer

Patients with advanced gastric cancer experience a significant reduction in gastrointestinal symptoms induced by chemotherapy when treated with acupuncture, report Chinese clinicians. A cohort of 56 chemotherapy patients was randomly divided into an experimental group and a control group. Those in the experimental group received 30 minutes of acupuncture (at Zusanli ST-36, Shangjuxu ST-37, Tianshu ST-25, Sanyinjiao SP-6, and Neiguan P-6) daily for two weeks. Nausea duration, vomiting frequency, abdominal pain and diarrhoea were all significantly reduced, while quality-of-life scores were higher in the experimental group compared with controls.
The effect of acupuncture on chemotherapy-associated gastrointestinal symptoms in gastric cancer. Curr Oncol. 2017 Feb;24(1):e1-e5.

26. January 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Cancer, Lung Cancer

A UK group has found acupuncture alone or in combination with morphine to be effective for the relief of breathlessness in lung cancer patients. The investigators randomised 173 patients with lung cancer and dyspnoea to an acupuncture group (A), a morphine group (M) or an acupuncture plus morphine group (AM). Acupuncture was administered at thoracic trigger points (upper sternal, paravertebral and trapezius) and Hegu L.I.-4. Semi-permanent manubrial acupuncture studs were also inserted and massaged when patients were symptomatic. All patients were allowed rescue morphine for breakthrough pain. Dyspnoea scores improved by more than 1.5 on a visual analogue scale in 74%, 60% and 66% of participants in trial arms A, M and AM, respectively, with no statistically significant difference between arms. Morphine alone increased anxiety, while acupuncture caused a significant improvement in relaxation, both alone and in combination with morphine. Acupuncture caused fewer side-effects than morphine, and was morphine sparing – median morphine dose was lower and fewer patients took morphine in arm A than arms M and AM.
A randomised study comparing the effectiveness of acupuncture or morphine versus the combination for the relief of dyspnoea in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer and mesothelioma. Eur J Cancer. 2016 Jul;61:102-10.

05. July 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Cancer, Tai Chi Chuan

Tai chi is an effective intervention for managing fatigue in patients with lung cancer undergoing chemotherapy, a Chinese study has found. Ninety-six patients were randomised to either tai chi, or low-impact exercise (control intervention), practiced for one hour, every other day for 12 weeks. At six weeks and 12 weeks, the tai chi group reported lower fatigue scores compared with the control group.
Tai Chi Exercise for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Dec 22. pii: S0885-3924(15)00989-6.

03. March 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Cancer

Acupuncture appears to be effective for reducing pain and other symptoms in cancer patients, according to an open clinical trial carried out by clinicians in the USA. Fifty-seven cancer patients who reported significant pain levels were seen in an open treatment program. A semi-structured acupuncture protocol was designed to target pain, as well as anxiety, depression, fatigue and nausea. Twenty-five patients were considered to have completed treatment after receiving nine or more acupuncture sessions of acupuncture. Pain severity was found to decrease by 32% from baseline to the last session, and pain interference with daily living decreased by 40%. Symptoms of pain, nausea and fatigue decreased by 50%, while anxiety dropped by 44%. All changes in symptom scores except for nausea were found to be significant.
Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Pain: An Open Clinical Trial. Medical Acupuncture. June 2015, 27(3): 188-193.
Acupuncture can help with cancer-related symptoms in people receiving outpatient cancer treatment, according to American investigators. A retrospective study was carried out using data from 50 patients having acupuncture in a group setting at an integrative oncology programme. At the time of their fourth treatment, participants were found to have significantly less pain, numbness and digestive problems compared with baseline.
Evaluation of Group Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Symptoms: A Retrospective Analysis. J Palliat Med. 2015 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print].

03. March 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Cancer

Authors from Hong Kong have produced a comprehensive overview of the current evidence available from systematic reviews of the effectiveness of acupuncture for palliative cancer care. Their analysis synthesised the results from 23 systematic reviews involving 248 primary studies that included 17,392 participants with any type of cancer. They concluded that acupuncture and related therapies clearly demonstrate favourable therapeutic effects in the management of cancer-related fatigue, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and leucopenia in patients with cancer. Current evidence regarding the treatment of cancer-related pain, hot flushes, hiccups and improving patients’ quality of life, was judged to be conflicting, while the available evidence to support or refute the potential of acupuncture in the management of xerostomia, dyspnoea, lymphoedema and the improvement of psychological well-being was found to be insufficient. None of the trials studied reported any serious adverse effects, and, because of this safety profile, the authors suggest that acupuncture could be considered as a complementary form of palliative care for cancer, especially for clinical problems for which conventional care options are limited.
Effectiveness of acupuncture and related therapies for palliative care of cancer: overview of systematic reviews. Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 26;5:16776. doi: 10.1038/srep16776.

07. January 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Cancer

A retrospective study was carried out using data from 50 patients having acupuncture in a group setting at an integrative oncology programme. At the time of their fourth treatment, participants were found to have significantly less pain, numbness and digestive problems compared with baseline.

Evaluation of Group Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Symptoms: A Retrospective Analysis. J Palliat Med. 2015 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print].

07. January 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Cancer, Pain

Acupuncture appears to be effective for reducing pain and other symptoms in cancer patients, according to an open clinical trial carried out by clinicians in the USA. Fifty-seven cancer patients who reported significant pain levels were seen in an open treatment program. A semi-structured acupuncture protocol was designed to target pain, as well as anxiety, depression, fatigue and nausea. Twenty-five patients were considered to have completed treatment after receiving nine or more acupuncture sessions of acupuncture. Pain severity was found to decrease by 32% from baseline to the last session, and pain interference with daily living decreased by 40%. Symptoms of pain, nausea and fatigue decreased by 50%, while anxiety dropped by 44%. All changes in symptom scores except for nausea were found to be significant.
Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Pain: An Open Clinical Trial. Medical Acupuncture. June 2015, 27(3): 188-193.

07. January 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Hot Flushes

Researchers from the USA suggest that electro-acupuncture (EA) may be more effective, and result in fewer adverse effects, than the drug gabapentin (GP) for managing hot flushes in breast cancer survivors. They conducted a randomised controlled trial involving 120 survivors of breast cancer who were experiencing hot flushes at least twice per day. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four groups. The EA group received eight weeks of EA treatment, the drug therapy group received GP once per day, the placebo acupuncture group received sham acupuncture (SA) and the final group received placebo pills (PP). By week eight, comparing all groups, the mean reduction in hot flush scores was found to be greatest in the EA group (-7.4), followed by SA (-5.9), GP (-5.2 ) and PP (-3.4). In addition, the two pill groups reported significantly more treatment-related adverse events than the two acupuncture groups. At 24-week follow-up, hot flush symptom score reduction was still greatest in the EA group.
Electroacupuncture Versus Gabapentin for Hot Flashes Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Aug 24. pii: JCO.2015.60.9412.

Chinese researchers have concluded that tai chi may be able to improve immune status in lung cancer survivors, and thereby potentially help to prevent tumour recurrence. A controlled study was performed in 32 post-surgical, non­-small cell lung cancer survivors who practiced tai chi during a 16-week recovery period. The balance between cellular and humoral immunity (measured by T1 / T2 and Tc1/Tc2 ratios), which potentiates human immunity against tumours, deteriorated in the control group over the course of post-surgical recovery, whilst no such changes were observed in the tai chi group. Cortisol levels were also found to have also increased in the control group, but not in the tai chi group. (Regular Tai Chi Exercise Decreases the Percentage of Type 2 Cytokine-Producing Cells in Postsurgical Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Survivors. Cancer Nurs. 2012 Oct 9. [Epub ahead of print]).