cancer

Publication Title: 
Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

PURPOSE: This review (a) assesses the strength of evidence addressing Qigong therapy in supportive cancer care and (b) provides insights for definition of effective Qigong therapy in supportive cancer care. METHODS: This mixed-methods study includes (a) a systematic review of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) following PRISMA guidelines and (b) a constant-comparative qualitative analysis of effective intervention protocols. RESULTS: Eleven published randomized clinical trials were reviewed. A total of 831 individuals were studied.

Author(s): 
Klein, P. J.
Schneider, Roger
Rhoads, C. J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

CONTEXT: Most cancer patients suffer from both the disease itself and symptoms induced by conventional treatment. Available literature on the clinical effects on cancer patients of acupuncture, Tuina, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Five-Element Music Therapy (TCM-FEMT) reports controversial results. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the effect of acupuncture, Tuina, Tai Chi, Qigong, and TCM-FEMT on various symptoms and quality of life (QOL) in patients with cancer; risk of bias for the selected trials also was assessed.

Author(s): 
Tao, Wei-Wei
Jiang, Hua
Tao, Xiao-Mei
Jiang, Ping
Sha, Li-Yan
Sun, Xian-Ce
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies

Acupuncture is being adopted by cancer patients for a wide range of cancer-related symptoms including highly prevalent psychological symptoms like depression, anxiety, insomnia, and impairment in quality of life. Pharmacological treatment of prevalent symptoms like anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance can contribute to the high chemical burden already carried by cancer patients, creating additional side effects. As a result, patients and providers alike are interested in evidence-based nonpharmacologic alternatives like acupuncture for these symptoms.

Author(s): 
Haddad, Nadia Elisabeth
Palesh, Oxana
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine

Oncology acupuncture has become a new and promising field of research because more and more cancer patients have sought non-pharmacological alternatives for symptom management. While different mechanisms have been proposed to explain its efficacy, including theories of the neural system, endocrine cytokine or immunological regulation, its eventual role has become that of alleviating the side effects induced by chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Author(s): 
Chien, Tsai-Ju
Liu, Chia-Yu
Hsu, Chung-Hua
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies

BACKGROUND: Insomnia is a prominent complaint of cancer patients that can significantly affect their quality of life and symptoms related to sleep quality. Conventional drug approaches have a low rate of success in alleviating those suffering insomnia. The aim of this systematic review was to assess the efficacy of acupuncture in the management of cancer-related insomnia. METHODS: A total of 12 databases were searched from their inception through January 2016 without language restriction.

Author(s): 
Choi, Tae-Young
Kim, Jong In
Lim, Hyun-Ja
Lee, Myeong Soo
Publication Title: 
The Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice

Integrative medicine is the combined use of complementary and alternative medicine with conventional or traditional Western medicine systems. The demand for integrative veterinary medicine is growing, but evidence-based research on its efficacy is limited. In veterinary clinical oncology, such research could be translated to human medicine, because veterinary patients with spontaneous tumors are valuable translational models for human cancers.

Author(s): 
Raditic, Donna M.
Bartges, Joseph W.
Publication Title: 
Oncology Nursing Forum

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To critically examine the evidence for acupuncture and acupressure in the management of cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in adult patients with cancer. DATA SOURCES: 18 databases were searched for randomized, controlled trials published in English and Chinese through April 2014. DATA SYNTHESIS: Given the heterogeneity of data, meta-analysis was not conducted. A six-step thematic analysis method was used to synthesize the results.

Author(s): 
Ling, Wai-Man
Lui, Liza Y. Y.
So, Winnie K. W.
Chan, Kuen
Publication Title: 
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

CONTEXT: Most cancer patients suffer from both the disease itself and symptoms induced by conventional treatment. Available literature on the clinical effects on cancer patients of acupuncture, Tuina, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Five-Element Music Therapy (TCM-FEMT) reports controversial results. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the effect of acupuncture, Tuina, Tai Chi, Qigong, and TCM-FEMT on various symptoms and quality of life (QOL) in patients with cancer; risk of bias for the selected trials also was assessed.

Author(s): 
Tao, Wei-Wei
Jiang, Hua
Tao, Xiao-Mei
Jiang, Ping
Sha, Li-Yan
Sun, Xian-Ce
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies

BACKGROUND: The quality and dose of acupuncture used in a clinical trial affects the outcome, as with the quality and dose of any intervention. The dose of acupuncture treatment may be characterized by the frequency of treatment, needle type and depth, length of needle retention, point selection, and combination. The dose in trials of acupuncture has at times been described as low or inappropriate but is seldom assessed in systematic reviews of acupuncture trials.

Author(s): 
Grant, Suzanne J.
Smith, Caroline A.
de Silva, Nimna
Su, Chunxiang
Publication Title: 
Cancer

Hot flashes (HFs) are a common side effect of cancer treatment. The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate evidence related to the use of acupuncture for HFs in cancer patients. EMBASE, MEDLINE, Cochrane (all databases), PubMed, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and Scopus were searched from their inception through December 2014. Included studies had to be randomized controlled trials with a usual-care and/or placebo comparison group that investigated acupuncture to treat HFs in cancer patients. No language limits were applied.

Author(s): 
Garcia, M. Kay
Graham-Getty, Leslie
Haddad, Robin
Li, Yisheng
McQuade, Jennifer
Lee, Richard T.
Spano, Michael
Cohen, Lorenzo

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