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Review artikel: Integrerende og komplementære behandlingsformer til patienter med fremskreden cancerIntegrative and complementary therapies for patients with advanced cancer
At the Sao Paulo Cancer Institute, 183 patients were enrolled in an acupuncture study with 30% receiving active treatment with chemotherapy or radiation, 16% receiving hormonal treatment, and 55% in remission. Patients’ main symptoms were cancer pain, chemo-toxicity, lumbar pain, chronic postoperative pain. Acupuncture treatment significantly reduced the mean symptom severity scores from 7.04 to 2.56 (P<0.001) (78).
In a study of 33 patients with breast cancer related lymphedema of the arm, acupuncture significantly reduced arm circumference and was safe (79). Acupuncture can also reduce hot flashes and sleep disturbance in breast cancer survivors (80).
In 36 patients with postsurgical gastroparesis in abdominal cancers, 27 were cured, 6 improved and 3 not improved, with a combination of acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping (81).
In a study of patients undergoing radiation therapy for nasopharyngeal cancer, acupuncture during radiation therapy reduced xerostomia and improved QOL (82).