How long do the effects of acupuncture on hot flashes persist in cancer patients?
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Acupuncture has been suggested as therapy for hot flashes in women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer. In this systematic review, we sought to evaluate the long-term effects on vasomotor symptoms after the end of a defined treatment period of acupuncture in women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer.
A literature search revealed 222 articles within the field. With defined exclusion criteria, we identified 17 studies. We also used the Jadad quality score and identified seven studies with a score of at least 3.
Six of seven identified studies qualified for inclusion in an analysis that measured frequency of hot flashes weighted in relation to number of patients (n = 172). The average reduction from baseline to end of acupuncture (ranging between 5 and 12 weeks of treatment) showed 43.2 % reduction of hot flashes. At the last follow-up (mean 5.8 months, range 3–9 months) after the end of therapy, the weighted reduction from baseline was sustained at 45.6 % in the 153 of 172 patients (89 %) who were followed up.
Data from six prospective analyzed studies indicate at least 3-month effects after the end of acupuncture treatment for flashes in women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer. However, larger randomized trials with long-term follow-up will be needed to confirm these preliminary findings.
- How long do the effects of acupuncture on hot flashes persist in cancer patients?
Supportive Care in Cancer
Volume 22, Issue 5 , pp 1409-1415
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- Breast neoplasm
- Prostatic cancer
- Hot flashes
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- 1. Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
- 2. Clinical Department of Surgery, VHN, County Council Östergötland, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
- 3. Osher Center for Intergrative Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
- 4. Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University Hospital of Linköping, 581 85, Linköping, Sweden