Issue 46

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Procedure Performed at MWA by Emma McGowan, M.D. & Martin Gallagher, M.D.

Acupuncture Reduces Breast Cancer-related Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

HOT FLASHES, NIGHT SWEATS, MENOPAUSE, BREAST CANCER, CHEMOTHERAPY SIDE EFFECTS, TAMOXIFEN - Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine

In a single-arm, observational study involving 50 subjects (at least 35 years of age) with early breast cancer (at least 6 months post-active cancer treatment), receiving tamoxifen for at least 6 months and experiencing at least 4 hot flashes and night sweats per day for at least 3 months, treatment with acupuncture (8 treatments) was found to reduce the frequency of hot flashes and night sweats by an average of 50%, and a trend towards long-term effects was indicated by positive results maintained at 4 and 18 weeks after the end of the treatment period. At the end of the treatment period, significant improvements were found in: anxiety/fears; memory/concentration; menstrual problems; sexual behavior; sleep problems; somatic symptoms; and vasomotor symptoms. Moreover, the perception of hot flashes and night sweats as a problem reduced by 2.2 points. The authors state, "These results compare favorably with other studies using acupuncture to manage HF&NS, as well as research on non-hormonal pharmaceutical treatments. In addition to reduced HF&NS frequency, women enjoyed improved physical and emotional well-being, and few side-effects were reported." They conclude, "Further research is warranted into this approach, which offers breast cancer survivors choice in managing a chronic condition."

"Using traditional acupuncture for breast cancer-related hot flashes and night sweats," de Valois BA, Young TE, et al, J Altern Complement Med, 2010 Oct; 16(10): 1047-57. (Address: Supportive Oncology Research Team (SORT), Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre (LJMC), Mount Vernon Hospital, Middlesex, United Kingdom. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

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Did you know.......

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  • Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
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