Tutkimusta akupunktion käytöstä syöpähoitojen tukena

Akupunktiolla ei hoideta syöpää eikä syövän hoidosta akupunktiolla löydy myöskään kunnollista tutkimusta. Akupunktiota käytetään kuitenkin monien syöpien yhteydessä modernien lääketieteellisten hoitojen tukihoitona. Syöpähoitojen tukihoitona sitä onkin tutkittu kohtalaisen pitkään ja laajasti.

Akupunktion on todettu useissa tutkimuksissa voivan vaikuttaa syövästä itsestään johtuviin kipuihin ja uupumukseen sekä voivan vaikuttaa syöpähoitojen sivuvaikutuksiin, kuten väsymykseen, pahoinvointiin ja kipuihin. Akupunktion on joissain tutkimuksissa havaittu parantavan syöpäpotilaiden yleistä elämänlaatua ja nopeuttavan palautumista syöpähoitojen jälkeen.

Sivuilla olevat tutkimukset kuvaavat usein tilanteita, joissa akupunktiota on tarjottu tiheänä hoitosarjana sairaalassa syöpähoitojen yhteydessä.

 
 

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Acupuncture for cancer-related insomnia: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

"...RESULTS: A total of 690 studies were identified, with 22 were included in the review, and 6 of them were included in the quantitative synthesis. Studies were highly heterogeneous in terms of participant characteristics and study methodologies. Most studies recruited patients diagnosed with a specific cancer type, and breast cancer patients were the subgroup most represented. The qualitative review of available evidence suggested a beneficial efficacy of acupuncture on sleep without serious adverse events in several studies (55%). The meta-analysis revealed that acupuncture produced a significant improvement in the total Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score relative to the wait-list control among breast cancer patients undergoing active cancer treatments (MD -1.92, 95% CI -3.25 to -0.59, p = 0.005). Similar improvement of real and sham acupuncture on PSQI score change post-intervention was found (MD: -0.68, 95% CI: -2.44 to 1.07, p = 0.44). Manual acupuncture had similar effective rate as compared to estazolam immediately post-intervention (RR: 0.94, 95% CI: 0.87 to 1.01, p = 0.09), and had significantly better effective rate than estazolam at 1-week post-intervention follow-up (RR: 1.25, 95% CI: 1.10 to 1.43, p = 0.0009). All reported acupuncture related adverse events were mild or moderate in severity. ..."
Zhang J., Zhang Z. et al. (2022) Acupuncture for cancer-related insomnia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Phytomedicine. 2022;102:154160.  🔗

Acupuncture and Moxibustion for Cancer-Related Fatigue: An Overview of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis.

"Although acupuncture (AT) is used in the treatment of CRF, the evidence from different systematic reviews (SRs) of AT has not yet been comprehensively evaluated. Moxibustion, which is a treatment method that is well established within Traditional East Asian Medicine, applies the heat of burning herbs towards or onto special points on the skin. ..."
Choi T., Ang L. et al. (2022) Acupuncture and Moxibustion for Cancer-Related Fatigue: An Overview of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis. Cancers (Basel). 2022;14(10).  🔗

Acupuncture for cancer pain: an evidence-based clinical practice guideline.

"...RESULTS: The guideline proposed three recommendations: (1) a strong recommendation for the treatment of acupuncture rather than no treatment to relieve pain in patients with moderate to severe cancer pain; (2) a weak recommendation for the combination treatments with acupuncture/acupressure to reduce pain intensity, decrease the opioid dose, and alleviate opioid-related side effects in moderate to severe cancer pain patients who are using analgesics; and (3) a strong recommendation for acupuncture in breast cancer patients to relieve their aromatase inhibitor-induced arthralgia. ..."
Ge L., Wang Q. et al. (2022) Acupuncture for cancer pain: an evidence-based clinical practice guideline. Chin Med. 2022;17(1):8.   🔗

Clinical Efficacy and Potential Mechanisms of Acupoint Stimulation Combined With Chemotherapy in Combating Cancer: A Review and Prospects.

"Although chemotherapy is the first-line treatment strategy for a variety of tumors, its side effects have limited its efficacy. This review summarizes the progress on the use of acupoint stimulation to combat chemotherapy-associated side effects, including chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), cognitive impairment (CICI), and gastrointestinal toxicity (GI), as well as myelosuppression and immunosuppression. It ..."
Li S., Zhao S. et al. (2022) Clinical Efficacy and Potential Mechanisms of Acupoint Stimulation Combined With Chemotherapy in Combating Cancer: A Review and Prospects. Front Oncol. 2022;12:864046.  🔗

The safety and efficacy of using moxibustion and or acupuncture for cancer-related insomnia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.

"...Results: Fourteen RCTs met the eligibility criteria. Twelve RCTs used the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score as continuous data and a meta-analysis showed positive effects of moxibustion and or acupuncture ( = 997, mean difference (MD) = -1.84, 95% confidence interval (CI) = -2.75 to -0.94,  < 0.01). Five RCTs using continuous data and a meta-analysis in these studies also showed significant difference between two groups ( = 358, risk ratio (RR) = 0.45, 95% CI = 0.26-0.80,  = 39%). ..."
Wang C., Han E. et al. (2022) The safety and efficacy of using moxibustion and or acupuncture for cancer-related insomnia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Palliat Care Soc Pract. 2022;16:26323524211070569.  🔗

Acupuncture Improves Multiple Treatment-Related Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

"Acupuncture has demonstrated effectiveness for symptom management among breast cancer survivors. This meta-analysis aims to evaluate the effect of acupuncture on treatment-related symptoms among breast cancer survivors. The authors searched PubMed, CINAHL, and EMBASE for relevant randomized clinical trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for managing treatment-related symptoms published in English through June 2021. They appraised the ..."
Li H., Schlaeger J. et al. (2021) Acupuncture Improves Multiple Treatment-Related Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Altern Complement Med. 2021;27(12):1084-1097.   🔗

Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Anorexia: a Review of the Current Evidence.

"PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Loss of appetite/anorexia is extremely common among cancer patients, affecting as many as half of newly diagnosed patients and 70% of patients with advanced disease. Effective management of this disabling symptom of cancer remains a major challenge in the field of oncology. We conducted a systematic review of the current evidence ..."
Liu W., Lopez G. et al. (2021) Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Anorexia: a Review of the Current Evidence. Curr Oncol Rep. 2021;23(7):82.   🔗

Acupuncture and Derived Therapies for Pain in Palliative Cancer Management: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Based on Single-Arm and Controlled Trials.

"Acupuncture is a classical complementary therapy, but benefits in palliative cancer pain are still unclear due to lack of consistent evidence. To comprehensively evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture and derived therapies (such as electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) for analgesia in palliative cancer care based on both single-arm and controlled trials. ..."
Dai L., Liu Y. et al. (2021) Acupuncture and Derived Therapies for Pain in Palliative Cancer Management: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Based on Single-Arm and Controlled Trials. J Palliat Med. 2021.  🔗

Acupuncture for palliative cancer pain management: systematic review.

"...RESULTS: Five studies (n=189) were included in this systematic review. Results indicated a favourable effect of acupuncture on pain relief in palliative care for patients with cancer. According to OCEBM 2011 Levels of Evidence, they were level 2 in one case (20%), level 3 in two cases (40%) and level 4 in the remaining (40%). Low-level evidence adversely affects the reliability of findings. ..."
Yang J., Wahner-Roedler D. et al. (2021) Acupuncture for palliative cancer pain management: systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2021.  🔗

Acupuncture for Quality of Life of Patients with Defecation Dysfunction after Sphincter Preserving Surgery for Rectal Cancer: A Systematic Review.

"...Results: A total of 6 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) (with 439 patients) were included in the systematic review, and data from 2 RCTs (with 200 patients) were used in the meta-analysis. Five studies (83%) were judged to have a medium risk of bias, and one was at high risk of bias. For synthesis, data from two medium-risk studies found that acupuncture or electropuncture may improve the QLQ-CR29 with urination (mean difference, -0.39 points; 95%CI, -0.46 to -0.32;  = 34%), abdominal pain (mean difference, -0.71 points; 95%CI, -0.89 to -0.54;  = 9%), stool (mean difference, -0.49 points; 95%CI, -0.77 to -0.20;  = 57%), defecation (mean difference, -0.59 points; 95% CI, -0.85 to -0.33;  = 51%), sexual function (mean difference, 0.93 points; 95% CI, 0.48 to 1.38;  = 90%), and self-feelings (mean difference, 1.04 points; 95% CI, 0.36 to 1.73;  = 94%). ..."
Xu G., Lei H. et al. (2021) Acupuncture for Quality of Life of Patients with Defecation Dysfunction after Sphincter Preserving Surgery for Rectal Cancer: A Systematic Review. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2021:7858252.  🔗

Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis: Effectiveness and Safety of Acupuncture as Adjuvant Therapy for Side Effects Management in Drug Therapy-Receiving Breast Cancer Patients.

"...Results: Sixteen randomised controlled trials with 1189 participants were included in the meta-analysis. The primary outcome and all subgroup analyses showed statistically significant improvements in the management of side effects by real acupuncture. The quality of life of patients has enhanced during the treatment. ..."
Chan Y., Wang N. et al. (2021) Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis: Effectiveness and Safety of Acupuncture as Adjuvant Therapy for Side Effects Management in Drug Therapy-Receiving Breast Cancer Patients. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2021:9949777.  🔗

The Therapeutic Effects of Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture on Cancer-related Symptoms and Side-Effects.

"In addition to cancer-related death, malignant progression also leads to a series of symptoms and side-effects, which would detrimentally affect cancer patients' the quality of life, adversely influence their adherence to treatments, and, therefore, negatively affect their long-term survival. Acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA), as two classic treatment methods in traditional Chinese medicine, have been ..."
Han Q., Fu Y. et al. (2021) The Therapeutic Effects of Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture on Cancer-related Symptoms and Side-Effects. J Cancer. 2021;12(23):7003-7009.   🔗

Acupuncture for Paclitaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Review of Clinical and Basic Studies.

"Paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy (PIPN) is a common and intractable side effect of the conventional chemotherapeutic agent paclitaxel. Acupuncture has been reported as an effective alternative therapy in treatment of PIPN in both basic studies and clinical trials. However, there is a lack of comprehensive surveys to summarize the action of acupuncture in management of ..."
Zhao Y., Yu X. et al. (2021) Acupuncture for Paclitaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Review of Clinical and Basic Studies. J Pain Res. 2021;14:993-1005.  🔗

Acupuncture for Arthralgia Induced by Aromatase Inhibitors in Patients with Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

"...RESULTS: Seven trials involving 603 patients were reviewed. The primary outcome, the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) score, significantly differed between the acupuncture and control groups [pain-related interference: MD = -1.89, 95% confidence interval (CI) [-2.99, -0.79],  = 3.36 ( = .008 < .05), pain severity: MD = -1.57, 95% CI [-2.46, -0.68],  = 3.45 ( = .0006 < .05), worst pain: MD = -2.31, 95% CI [-3.15, -1.48],  = 5.47 ( < .0001 < .05)]. No severe adverse events were reported in any study. ..."
Liu X., Lu J. et al. (2021) Acupuncture for Arthralgia Induced by Aromatase Inhibitors in Patients with Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Integr Cancer Ther. 2021;20:1534735420980811.  🔗

Acupuncture as an adjuvant therapy for management of treatment-related symptoms in breast cancer patients: Systematic review and meta-analysis (PRISMA-compliant).

"...RESULTS: Among the 19,483 records identified, 835 articles remained after screening titles and abstracts. A total of 19 RCTs were included in this qualitative synthesis. Among the studies, 8 explored climacteric symptoms, 4 explored pain, 2 explored lymphedemas, 2 explored nausea and vomiting and 3 investigated miscellaneous symptoms.explored miscellaneous symptoms due to cancer treatments. Most of the studies reported that acupuncture can alleviate various symptoms of breast cancer treatment. However, there is a lack of evidence as to whether accupuncture can alleviate chemotherapy associated side effects ..."
Jang S., Ko Y. et al. (2020) Acupuncture as an adjuvant therapy for management of treatment-related symptoms in breast cancer patients: Systematic review and meta-analysis (PRISMA-compliant). Medicine (Baltimore). 2020;99(50):e21820.   🔗

Acupuncture for cancer-related hiccups: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

"...RESULTS: This study will be to assess the effect and safety of acupuncture for cancer-related hiccups. ..."
Ma R., Li Y. et al. (2020) Acupuncture for cancer-related hiccups: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Medicine (Baltimore). 2020;99(20):e19973.   🔗

The maintenance effect of acupuncture on breast cancer-related menopause symptoms: a systematic review.

"Acupuncture has been used for many breast cancer treatment-related problems, but how long the effect lasts is unknown. This meta-analysis aims to evaluate how long the effect of acupuncture on breast cancer-related hot flushes and menopause symptoms lasts. The research design followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Statement, without language ..."
Chien T., Liu C. et al. (2020) The maintenance effect of acupuncture on breast cancer-related menopause symptoms: a systematic review. Climacteric. 2020;23(2):130-139.   🔗

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy of acupuncture and electroacupuncture against chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

"...RESULTS: Of the 13 studies included in the literature review, 12 RCTs compared acupuncture and pharmacological treatments. There were 3 EA RCTs, but only 1 RCT compared EA and sham-EA. A total of 832 participants were included in these studies. Five RCTs showed that acupuncture was more effective than pharmacological treatment in terms of efficacy rate. Regarding the risk of bias summary, the quality of included studies was poor. Only 1 study compared the efficacy of EA and sham EA; therefore, the specific efficacy of acupuncture could not be elucidated. ..."
Hwang M., Lee H. et al. (2020) A systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy of acupuncture and electroacupuncture against chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Medicine (Baltimore). 2020;99(17):e19837.   🔗

The effectiveness of tai chi in breast cancer patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

"...RESULTS: Sixteen RCTs involving 1268 participants were included in this review. It was demonstrated that tai chi is no different from conventional supportive care interventions in improving fatigue, sleeping quality, depression or body mass index at either 3 months or 6 months; however it significantly improves overall quality of life (QoL) at 3 months. Moreover, tai chi, when offered as an adjunct to conventional therapy, is more effective in improving fatigue at 3 months, and QoL at 3 months and 6 months compared to conventional therapy alone. ..."
Liu L., Tan H. et al. (2020) The effectiveness of tai chi in breast cancer patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2020;38:101078.  🔗

Clinical Evidence for Association of Acupuncture and Acupressure With Improved Cancer Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

"Importance: Research into acupuncture and acupressure and their application for cancer pain has been growing, but the findings have been inconsistent. Objective: To evaluate the existing randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for evidence of the association of acupuncture and acupressure with reduction in cancer pain. Data Sources: Three English-language databases (PubMed, Embase, and CINAHL) and 4 ..."
He Y., Guo X. et al. (2020) Clinical Evidence for Association of Acupuncture and Acupressure With Improved Cancer Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA Oncol. 2020;6(2):271-278.   🔗

Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture against Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

"...Results: In total, 19 RCTs covering 1174 patients were enrolled. The results showed that acupuncture significantly increased the effective rate of CIPN compared with medicine and sham acupuncture. And acupuncture had a good effect on the recovery of nerve conduction velocity and improving pain. Among the acupoints involved in the treatment of CIPN, LI4, LI11, ST36, EX10 (Bafeng), and EX-UE 9 (Baxie) were the most commonly used. ..."
Jin Y., Wang Y. et al. (2020) Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture against Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2020:8875433.  🔗

Acupuncture for Hormone Therapy-Related Side Effects in Breast Cancer Patients: A GRADE-Assessed Systematic Review and Updated Meta-Analysis.

"To determine the efficacy of acupuncture on the management of hormone therapy-related side effects in breast cancer patients. Randomized controlled trials of acupuncture versus a control or placebo in breast cancer patients that examined reductions in therapy-related side effects were retrieved from PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library through April 2020. Data ..."
Yuanqing P., Yong T. et al. (2020) Acupuncture for Hormone Therapy-Related Side Effects in Breast Cancer Patients: A GRADE-Assessed Systematic Review and Updated Meta-Analysis. Integr Cancer Ther. 2020;19:1534735420940394.  🔗

Effectiveness and Safety of Acupuncture Moxibustion Therapy Used in Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

"...Results: Twelve eligible RCTs are confirmed. Most of the trials selected are regarded as low methodological quality. Compared with Western medicine, physiotherapy, and functional training, traditional AMT has significantly higher treatment effect (RR 1.03 (95% CI: 1.22, 1.45); < 0.00001). In comparison with physiotherapy, AMT is better in reducing edema symptoms (MD = -0.77; 95% CI (-1.13-0.41); < 0.00001). Moreover, pooled results demonstrate that AMT results in better outcomes than functional training and Western medicine in improving Karnofsky performance score of BCRL patients (SMD = 0.69; 95% CI (0.38-1.00); < 0.00001). ..."
Jin H., Xiang Y. et al. (2020) Effectiveness and Safety of Acupuncture Moxibustion Therapy Used in Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2020:3237451.  🔗

Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Therapy on Chemotherapy-Induced Leukopenia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

"...Results: 17 studies (1206 patients) were included, and the overall quality of the included studies was moderate. In comparison with medical therapy, AMT has a better clinical efficacy for CIL (RR, 1.24; 95% CI, 1.17-1.32; < 0.00001) and presents advantages in increasing leukocyte count (MD, 1.10; 95% CI, 0.67-1.53; < 0.00001). Also, the statistical results show that AMT performs better in improving the CIL patients' Karnofsky performance score (MD, 5.92; 95% CI, 3.03-8.81; < 0.00001). ..."
Jin H., Feng Y. et al. (2020) Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Therapy on Chemotherapy-Induced Leukopenia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2020:5691468.  🔗

The Effects of Acupuncture on Cancer-Related Fatigue: Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

"...RESULTS: Nine RCTs were selected for review with a total of 809 participants and a range of 13 to 302 participants within the studies. Six RCTs reported significant improvement of CRF for the acupuncture intervention compared to the control groups. Pooled estimates suggest Brief Fatigue Inventory scores are 0.93 points lower 95% CI (-1.65, -0.20) in true acupuncture versus sham acupuncture and 2.12 points lower 95% C (-3.21, -1.04) in true acupuncture versus usual care. Six studies had low risk of bias (ROB) and 3 studies had a moderate ROB predominantly in blinding of participants, blinding of assessors and incomplete data outcomes. Among the 9 RCTs, 2 studies have reported the occurrence of minor adverse effects (spot bleeding and bruising) related to acupuncture treatment. No serious adverse reactions related to acupuncture were reported. ..."
Jang A., Brown C. et al. (2020) The Effects of Acupuncture on Cancer-Related Fatigue: Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Integr Cancer Ther. 2020;19:1534735420949679.  🔗

Acupuncture for Radiation-Induced Xerostomia in Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

"...RESULTS: Eight clinical trials (725 participants) were analyzed, and 3 were included in a meta-analysis. All included trials had a high risk of bias, such as selection, performance, and detection bias. Analysis indicated favorable effects of acupuncture regarding the improvement of xerostomia symptoms (MD -3.05,  = 0.02, 95% CI -5.58 to -0.52), compared with sham acupuncture. There were no significant differences between real acupuncture and sham acupuncture regarding the stimulated salivary flow rate (MD 0.37,  = 0.08, 95% CI -0.05 to 0.79) and unstimulated salivary flow rate (MD 0.09,  = 0.12, 95% CI -0.02 to 0.21), which were whole salivary flow rate. Compared with no acupuncture (standard oral care, usual care, or no treatment), acupuncture produced a significant improvement in patient-reported xerostomia, without causing serious adverse effects. However, a Grading of Recommended Assessments analysis revealed that the quality of all acupuncture outcome measures was low. ..."
Ni X., Tian T. et al. (2020) Acupuncture for Radiation-Induced Xerostomia in Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Integr Cancer Ther. 2020;19:1534735420980825.  🔗

Effects of acupuncture on breast cancer-related lymphoedema: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

"...RESULTS: Eight studies were identified by the search strategy, and 519 patients were included in this study. The effective rate was higher (odds ratios (OR): 4.23; 95% confidence interval (CI): 2.11 to 8.49; Z = 4.07, p < 0.0001) in the experimental group than that in the control group. There were no significant improvements in the front flexion (mean difference (MD): 0.19; 95% CI: -3.68 to 4.06; Z = 0.09, p = 0.92) or the back extension (MD: 0.42; 95% CI: -2.22 to 3.06; Z = 0.31, p = 0.75) movements of the shoulder between the experimental and control groups. ..."
Yu S., Zhu L. et al. (2020) Effects of acupuncture on breast cancer-related lymphoedema: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Explore (NY). 2020;16(2):97-102.   🔗

Acupuncture therapy for breast cancer-related lymphedema: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

"This study aimed to conduct a comprehensive analysis of clinical studies on acupuncture treatment for breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL), so as to explore the efficacy and safety of acupuncture treatment and provide evidence for the clinical decision-making. Public databases, mainly including China Academic Journals Full-text Database, Database of Chinese Sci-Tech Journal, Wanfang, PubMed, Embase ..."
Hou W., Pei L. et al. (2019) Acupuncture therapy for breast cancer-related lymphedema: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Obstet Gynaecol Res. 2019;45(12):2307-2317.   🔗

Assessment of the quality of reporting in studies of acupuncture for patients with cancer using the STRICTA guidelines.

"...RESULTS: 88 papers were identified which met the inclusion criteria. The median number of STRICTA items reported in trials with a control or comparator arm (n=47) was 14 out of 17 (range 8 to 17, IQR 4). For studies without a control or comparator arm the median was 11 out of a possible 15 (range 5 to 15, IQR 3). Key weaknesses in reporting included details of other components of treatments, and details of the acupuncturist administering treatments. ..."
Hughes J., Lewith G. et al. (2019) Assessment of the quality of reporting in studies of acupuncture for patients with cancer using the STRICTA guidelines. Acupunct Med. 2019;37(4):223-227.   🔗

A systematic review of acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

"...Results: Three clinical trials (203 participants) were included. Two studies found acupuncture to be effective in alleviating cipn pain and improving quality of life. One study found no benefit in improving neuropathic pain, symptoms, or quality of life. Study quality was variable and included a moderate overall risk of bias. ..."
Li K., Giustini D. et al. (2019) A systematic review of acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Curr Oncol. 2019;26(2):e147-e154.   🔗

Acupuncture in adults with Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: a systematic review.

"...RESULTS: of the five articles included, four were cohort studies and one was a quasi-experimental study. All articles showed that acupuncture was associated with an improvement in the peripheral neuropathy, but the type of protocol, use of medications, time of treatment, and different outcome measures made it difficult to compare the studies. ..."
Baviera A., Olson K. et al. (2019) Acupuncture in adults with Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: a systematic review. Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2019;27:e3126.  🔗

Effects of acupuncture on breast cancer-related lymphoedema: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.

"...RESULTS: In total, six RCTs with 318 patients were identified. The main analysis revealed a positive overall effect of acupuncture intervention on pre/post-treatment differences in the diameter of the elbow joint, reductions in upper limb lymphoedema and effectiveness index based on arm measurement data in patients with breast cancer. Two studies evaluating the outcome of acupuncture on the diameter of the elbow joint found a significant reduction in diameter between the acupuncture and control groups (weighted mean difference (WMD) 6 cm, 95% CI 5.11 to 6.89 cm; P<0.001). The same two studies investigated the effect of acupuncture on upper limb lymphoedema reduction and found a significant difference between the acupuncture and control groups (risk ratio 1.4, 95% CI 1.17 to 1.67; P<0.001). Two other studies used the effectiveness index to assess the arm and found a significant difference between the acupuncture and control groups (WMD 23.34, 95% CI 10.74 to 35.94; P<0.001). The fifth study used bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy to assess lymphoedema at several points on the arm before and after acupuncture; this study also reported a significant reduction in lymphoedema. The sixth study reported no significant difference in bioimpedance between the groups. ..."
Zhang X., Wang X. et al. (2019) Effects of acupuncture on breast cancer-related lymphoedema: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Acupunct Med. 2019;37(1):16-24.   🔗

The Efficacy of Acupuncture in Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

"Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) has no cure, but acupuncture may provide relief through its known neuromodulation or neuroendocrine adjustment. This review aimed to assess the efficacy of acupuncture in treating CIPN. A literature review following the PRISMA Statement was performed, searching 7 databases from inception through August 2019. All studies were clinical trials of the effect ..."
Chien T., Liu C. et al. (2019) The Efficacy of Acupuncture in Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Integr Cancer Ther. 2019;18:1534735419886662.  🔗

The Effect of Acupuncture in Breast Cancer-Related Lymphoedema (BCRL): A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

"Breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) is hard to control. Management may include lymphatic drainage, skin care, bandaging, or even surgery. Since acupuncture has been proven to affect the neurophysiology and neuroendocrine systems, it has the potential to control BCRL. To evaluate the effect of acupuncture in BCRL in randomized controlled trials. A literature search was ..."
Chien T., Liu C. et al. (2019) The Effect of Acupuncture in Breast Cancer-Related Lymphoedema (BCRL): A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Integr Cancer Ther. 2019;18:1534735419866910.  🔗

Acupuncture for the relief of hot flashes in breast cancer patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and observational studies.

"...Results: A total of 18 studies were eligible ultimately. With respect to HFs frequency, the MA during treatment showed a significant difference (MD = -1.78, 95% confidence intervals [95% CIs]: -3.42--0.14), but no statistical differences were observed when posttreatment or follow-up period. While electroacupuncture versus applied relaxation, they both helped to promote HFs markedly but did not reveal statistically significance between them. Referring to Kupperman's index, all the treatment brought out great assistance when compared with baseline conditions, and there was significant difference between real acupuncture sham acupuncture (posttreatment: MD = -4.40, 95% CI: -6.77--2.03; follow-up: MD = -4.30, 95% CI: -6.52--2.08). In terms of OS, 7 prospective single arm studies focused on exploring the efficacy of traditional acupuncture, and all revealed moderate or great benefit for BC patients suffering from HFs. ..."
Wang X., Zhang D. et al. (2018) Acupuncture for the relief of hot flashes in breast cancer patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and observational studies. J Cancer Res Ther. 2018;14(Supplement):S600-S608.   🔗

Acupuncture and Related Therapies for Treatment of Postoperative Ileus in Colorectal Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.

"Delays in recovery of intestinal function following abdominal surgery are associated with longer hospital stays, increased postoperative complications, and higher costs to the health care system. Studies of acupuncture for postoperative ileus and other postoperative issues have reported improvements. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to assess whether acupuncture assisted recovery following surgery for ..."
Liu Y., May B. et al. (2018) Acupuncture and Related Therapies for Treatment of Postoperative Ileus in Colorectal Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018:3178472.  🔗