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2016 Selected Research on Acupuncture

Management of lymphoedema

A Yüksel, O Gürbüz, Y Velioğlu, G Kumtepe, S Şenol – VASA. Zeitschrift für …, 2016
CDT could not be suc- cessful also in cases of the lack of compliance and hygiene, misdiagnosis,
or reactivation of the cancer. Patients are advised to avoid even minor de- grees of trauma, such
as venepuncture, acupuncture, in- sect bites and blood pressure cuff application


A Starkweather, C ACNP-BC – 2016
In another study, women with breast cancer who were scheduled to undergo adjuvant
chemotherapy (N = 230) were randomly assigned to included 18 patients with intercostobrachial
postmastectomy pain, who were divided into 2 different TENS modalities, acupuncture or burst

Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with interdigitated electrodes at the end of hypodermic needle for depth profiling of biotissues

J Yun, G Kang, Y Park, HW Kim, JJ Cha, JH Lee – Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2016
in the medical field as diseases related to the thyroid nodule have increased twice as fast as
any other cancer [1]. Currently In another previous study using a flexible parylene photomask
[5], the microsized photoresist patterns were realized on an acupuncture needle with a


[PDF] Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Xerostomia and Quality of Life During Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer: A Prospective Pilot Study

CT Yang, CW Yang, JL Chen
acupuncture, in order to minimize confounding factors. 2.3. Data collection. The primary end point
was alleviation of side effects post RT. Both subjective and objective changes were evaluated.
The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality

The Distress Thermometer for screening for severe fatigue in newly diagnosed breast and colorectalcancer patients

HJG Abrahams, MFM Gielissen, M Lugt, EFW Kleijer… – Psycho‐Oncology, 2016
There is also, albeit limited, evidence for mind-body interventions for fatigue in cancer survivors
(ie, mindfulness-based approaches, yoga, and acupuncture) (7). Strengths of the current study
were the large sample size and the representativeness of the two samples of newly


Chinese Medicine


2016 Selected Research on Chinese Medicine

Integrating qualitative and quantitative characterization of Prunellae Spica by HPLC-QTOF/MS and HPLC-ELSD

Y Jie, HU Yuan-Jia, YU Bo-Yang, QI Jin – Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines, 2016
Diuretic activity of squamate mistletoe, Viscum angulatum [J]. Pharm Biol, 48 (4) (2010), pp.
417–421. Maslinic acid potentiates the anti-tumor activity of tumor necrosis factor alpha by
inhibiting NF-kappaB signaling pathway [J]. Mol Cancer, 9 (1) (2010), pp. 1–13.

Natural/Holistic Medicine

European Mistletoe (Viscum Album)

In some cases, Mistletoe Therapy can complement and supplement standard oncological therapies such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy.  Since 1917 Mistletoe therapies have been used in a variety of ways to manage cancer.  The National Cancer Institute provides a nice overview of Mistletoe Therapy.

Some of the reported benefits include: decreased fatigue and nausea, improved appetite, and decreased depression.

In 2015, after FDA approval to skip Phase I trials, Johns Hopkins Hospital undertook a Phase II clinical trial to examine Mistletoe’s effects on solid stage IV tumors. The trial is aimed at testing whether Mistletoe has any effect on shrinking and preventing tumors. Here’s a list of clinical trials outside of the United States.

Interest in Mistletoe has grown in the United States since Suzanne Somers announced her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment on Larry King Live.  While there have been many anecdotal cases ranging from long term cure to palliative qualities, given the stringent guidelines for well-designed clinical trials, the jury is still out on Mistletoe.  WebMD indicates that while Mistletoe kills cancer cells in a test tube, it doesn’t work on humans. That remains to be seen…and I will be keeping an eye out for it, since I am using it myself…3 injections per week for the next few years.

The Cancer Cure Foundation, a site for alternative cancer therapy, has a short summary that describes the potential benefits and side effects.  It also has a list of doctors and clinics that use mistletoe. Check it out!

2016 Selected Research on Natural or Holistic Medicine



2016 Selected Research on Mindfulness or Meditation

[PDF] Event-related potentials of emotion processing and memory in breast cancer survivors

J Wirkner, M Weymar, A Löw, C Hamm, AM Struck… – Memory
Future therapies may implement stress coping skills and cognitive-behavioral strategies
who target emotional avoidance (eg mindfulness-based approaches) to improve cognitive
functioning and quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Conclusions

Topic Overview What is mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)?

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It takes practice to stay in the present moment. Practice yoga breathing exercises, stretches,
and poses to strengthen and relax muscles. Try MBSR on your own. Ledesma D, Kumano H
(2009). Mindfulness-based stress reduction and cancer: A meta-analysis.


L Lalita – Global Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies, 2016
conditions suffer from: more than triple the rate of cardiovascular problems; over five times the
rate of colorectal cancer; up to three Yoga & Meditation: – it is helpful in overcoming the stress

[HTML] The Benefits of Meditation

(2010) analysed 39 studies with a total of 1140 participants receiving mindfulness-based therapy
for a range of conditions, including cancer, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and other
psychiatric or medical conditions. (2014) investigated Sahaja Yoga Meditation as a

Meditation Techniques for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

M KHUSID – Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD, 2016
hours of mindfulness training, followed by an 8-week home study (Waelde et al., 2008).
Participants reported good treatment adherence, significant improvements in well-being, and
a decrease in PTSD and anxiety symptoms. Another example is two consequent RCTs in cancer

… -Term Effects of Mindfulness Added to Family Resilience-Oriented Couples Support Group on Psychological Well-Being and Cortisol Responses in Breast Cancer

FH Hsiao, GM Jow, WH Kuo, PS Yang, HB Lam… – Mindfulness, 2016
Abstract The practice of mindfulness has not been well-developed for cancer survivors and
their partners, and its effects on relational well-being and cortisol responses are unknown.
This 14-month study aimed to examine the effects of the mindfulness-incorporated

[PDF] The Islamic Perspective of Spiritual Intervention Effectiveness on Bio-Psychological Health Displayed by Gene Expression in Breast Cancer Patients

L Hosseini, FL Kashani, S Akbari, ME Akbari… – 2016
31. Carlson LE, Speca M, Patel KD, Goodey E. Mindfulness-based stress re- duction in relation
to quality of life, mood, symptoms of stress, and immune parameters in breast and prostate cancer
outpatients. Psy- chosom Med. 2003;65(4):571–81. [PubMed: 12883107]. 32.

Psychosocial Resiliency is Associated with Lower Emotional Distress among Dyads of Patients and their Informal Caregivers in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

KM Shaffer, E Riklin, JM Jacobs, J Rosand… – Journal of Critical Care, 2016
Comparing the same sample of cancer patients to the current sample of caregivers, our caregivers
reported greater distress (t(217) = 3.83, M diff = 1.57 Among patients, greater mindfulness was
associated with lower intensity of symptoms for all emotion domains (rs< −.35; med.

Provoked Vulvodynia: A Holistic Treatment Approach

MK Craven, RL Thelen, L Elliott, J Lazear – The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 2016
Cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness are noninvasive and efficacious long-term treatment
approaches. Abstract. Provoked vulvodynia (PVD) is a disorder characterized by intense vulvar
pain, most often reported as raw, burning, or stinging tissue. 20. Mindfulness.

The Influence Factors on Health-Related Quality of Life of Middle-Aged Working Women

HK Lee, EH Shin – Indian Journal of Science and Technology, 2016
1998; 37(2):280–94. Chae YR. Relationships of perceived health status, depression and quality
of life of breast cancer survivors. Jeon HS, Lee HY. A study on subjective happiness, life satisfaction
expectancy, mindfulness and social support of the marital middle-aged women. .

Could Meditation Modulate the Neurobiology of Learning Not to Fear?

BK HÖLZEL, SW LAZAR, MR MILAD – Positive Neuroscience, 2016
One year pre-post interven- tion follow-up of psychological, immune, endocrine and blood
pressure outcomes of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in breast and prostate
cancer outpa- tients. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 21 (8), 1038–1049.



2016 Selected Research

[HTML] The efficacy of oral melatonin in improving sleep in cancer patients with insomnia: A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study

MS Kurdi, SP Muthukalai – Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 2016
[20] Since getting objective monitors was not feasible to us, we could not use them.
Though melatonin has been publicized as a cure for many sleep problems, the literature
on its treatment for insomnia in cancer patients is limited. ..


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