Acupuncture in the treatment of upper-limb lymphedema

Acupuncture in the treatment of upper-limb lymphedema: Results of a pilot study Author: Cassileth BR et al. Location: Integrative Medicine Service, New York BACKGROUND: Current treatments for lymphedema after breast cancer treatment are expensive and require ongoing intervention. Clinical experience and our preliminary published results suggest that acupuncture is safe and potentially useful. This study evaluates the safety and potential …

Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) involves the damage of the peripheral nerves. This can result in numbness/tingling, altered sensation such as pain or burning, weakness or loss of co-ordination of the extremities; dependant on the type of nerve fibre being affected. The main group of chemotherapy drugs that induce this include taxanes, vinca alkaloids and platinum compounds. Preliminary studies have …

Reducing flushes

Reducing vasomotor symptoms with acupuncture in breast cancer patients treated with adjuvant tamoxifen: a randomized controlled trial. Authors: Liljegren A, Gunnarsson P, Landgren BM, Robéus N, Johansson H, Rotstein S. Location: Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden Journal: Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 Oct Aim: To evaluate true acupuncture to control acupuncture (CTRL) (non-insertive stimulation at non-acupuncture points) in breast cancer patients treated with adjuvant tamoxifen suffering from hot flushes and sweatings. Method: Eighty-four …