In an Italian trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lesi et al found that the addition of acupuncture to enhanced self-care improved hot flashes, climacteric symptoms, and quality-of-life measures in women with breast cancer.
In the trial, 190 women were randomized to receive enhanced self-care with (n = 85) or without (n = 105) acupuncture. Both groups received a booklet with information about climacteric syndrome and its management to be followed for at least 12 weeks. The acupuncture group also received 10 traditional acupuncture treatment sessions involving predefined acupoints.
The primary outcome was hot flash score at the end of treatment at week 12; the score was calculated by multiplying the mean number of daily hot flashes during the week before assessment by mean daily severity
Breast Cancer (BC) is currently the leading global cause of cancer –related death in women. The American Cancer Society reported that the 5 year relative survival rate has improved from 63% in the 1960’s to 90% currently.
Identification of modifiable risk factors is needed to reduce the risk of relapse
A large body of literature has been reviewed by the World Cancer Research Fund. There exist increasing evidence that dietary factors play an important role in both the development and prevention of BC.
Breast cancer surgery has drastically changed over the past few years and has become one of the most rapidly evolving and fascinating subspecialties in surgery. There have also been many advances in systemic therapy and radiation and, combined with surgery as so-called multi-modality treatment, they have significantly improved the outcome of patients.
Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, a potentially life-threatening and disfiguring disease, face many challenges and fears. Hitting the heart and soul of families this diagnosis can be particularly distressing. Treatment will often not only include surgery but may also include chemotherapy and radiation as part of the contemporary multi-modality treatment approach. This initial treatment process can take nine months or longer and patients need support to successfully navigate this difficult period.