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Author (up) Nedstrand, E.; Wijma, K.; Wyon, Y.; Hammar, M.
Title Vasomotor symptoms decrease in women with breast cancer randomized to treatment with applied relaxation or electro-acupuncture: a preliminary study Type of Study RCT
Year 2005 Publication Abbreviated Journal Climacteric
Volume 8 Issue 3 Pages 243-250
Keywords CAM Control; Acu Versus CAM Control; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Applied Relaxation; Breast Cancer; Cancer; Electroacupuncture; Fixed Acupuncture Protocol; Hot Flashes; Postmenopause; RCT; Relaxation; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; TCM Acupuncture Style; Vasomotor Symptoms; Women's Health; Neoplasms
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of applied relaxation and electro-acupuncture on vasomotor symptoms in women treated for breast cancer. METHODS: Thirty-eight postmenopausal women with breast cancer and vasomotor symptoms were randomized to treatment with electro-acupuncture (n = 19) or applied relaxation (n = 19) during 12 weeks. The number of hot flushes was registered daily in a logbook before and during treatment and after 3 and 6 months of follow-up. RESULTS: Thirty-one women completed 12 weeks of treatment and 6 months of follow-up. After 12 weeks of applied relaxation, the number of flushes/24 h had decreased from 9.2 (95% confidence interval (CI) 6.6-11.9) at baseline to 4.5 (95% CI 3.2-5.8) and to 3.9 (95% CI 1.8-6.0) at 6 months follow-up (n = 14). The flushes/24 h were reduced from 8.4 (95% CI 6.6-10.2) to 4.1 (95% CI 3.0-5.2) after 12 weeks of treatment with electro-acupuncture and to 3.5 (95% CI 1.7-5.3) after 6 months follow-up (n = 17). In both groups, the mean Kupperman Index score was significantly reduced after treatment and remained unchanged 6 months after end of treatment. CONCLUSION: We suggest that applied relaxation and electro-acupuncture should be further evaluated as possible treatments for vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women with breast cancer
Address Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Unit of Medical Psychology, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linkoping, Sweden
Language Number of Treatments 14
Treatment Follow-up 24 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 38
Time in Treatment 12 Weeks Condition Hot Flashes
Disease Category Neoplasms OCSI Score
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 902
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