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Conference highlights advances in evidence-based integrative therapies for cancer

September 29, 2019

This was a single institution trial to assess whether the African fruit Synsepalum dulcificum, or "Miracle Fruit" (MF) improves dysgeusia, alterations of taste. Patients reported a 30 percent improvement in taste; in addition, 40 percent believed the MF was helpful. When considering at least stabilization of taste, the best response rate was 54 percent. There was no significant change in weight during the study. In the preliminary analysis, the response to the MF fruit appears encouraging.

Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo Controlled Clinical Study of Chinese Herbal Formula JDXZO Cream to Reduce Hand-Foot Syndrome Associated with Capecitabine Chemotherapy

This randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated the safety and efficacy of JDXZO, advanced Chinese herbal extract cream in treating Hand-Foot Syndrome (HFS.) JDXZO was superior to placebo in improving HFS. Improvement of skin lesion toxicity mainly included relief of numbness, dermatitis, desquamation and ulceration pain on the palms or soles.

Safety of Acupuncture for Upper Extremity Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Patients: Lessons from two major Medical Centers

The purpose of this study is to report the combined incidence of adverse effects resulting from acupuncture treatments in breast cancer patients with post-operative lymphedema at two major integrative medicine centers. No serious adverse events or increased incidence of infection were documented following over 1,000 acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture appears safe in this patient population.

Tibetan Sound Meditation Improves Cognitive Dysfunction, Mental Health, and Spirituality in Women with Breast Cancer

This study examined the effects of a Tibetan Sound Meditation (TSM) program on cognitive dysfunction and quality of life in 40 breast cancer patients who reported cognitive impairment. There were significant or marginally significant changes in objective behavioral measures of cognitive function suggesting improvements in working memory and processing speed/executive function, self-report measures of cognitive function, and measures of mental health, sleep quality, and spirituality. Results indicate that the TSM program may be associated with short-term improvements in cognitive function, mental health, and spirituality.

Chronic Tumor-associated Fatigue in Stage I to III Breast Cancer Survivors is Equally Reduced by a Multimodal Mind-body Intervention or a Walking Intervention Alone - a Randomized Controlled Trial

This trial evaluated the impact of a multimodal mind-body program including moderate physical activity as compared with a walking intervention alone on chronic fatigue symptoms of women with stage I to III A breast cancer. The study found that since both interventions reduced fatigue symptoms and enhanced quality of life to a similar extent, no verifiable add-on effect of the mind-body program regarding fatigue symptoms was observed. Considering the higher costs and additional expenditure related to the multimodal mind-body program, home-based walking training is recommended in the management of chronic cancer-related fatigue.

Source: Case Western Reserve University