Researchers Explore Efficacy of Integrative Therapy for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has turned into a glaring issue in the past decade, with approximately one in eight U.S. women prone to it, and hundreds of thousands developing the complication each year. In this scenario, researchers at Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have been working in association with teams several institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and University of Michigan in order to explore the possibilities of integrative treatments for the patients of breast cancer. And, the results are promising.

Multiple Therapies Analyzed

The researchers have worked on 80 different therapies, developing grades of evidence, and making following recommendations: medication, music, yoga, and stress management can reduce stress as well as help in mood disorders or depression and chemotherapy-induced vomiting and nausea can be reduced using acupuncture and acupressure. The study observes that a major chunk of cancer patients opt for integrative therapies without proven results but now, evidence supporting the use has come to the fore. The study aspires to provide practical information and device tools for the patients to make more informed choices as far as the selection of an integrative therapy is concerned.

Meditation Proven to Reduce Anxiety

In a systematic and yet random peer-reviewed clinical trials, the study rated the evidence into letter grades and quite a few grade “A” indications have been recommended with an assurance of substantial benefit for the patient. Among all, meditation provided the strongest evidence of its ability to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life, and buy more time for the patients. Yoga, acupressure and acupuncture, and music therapy received grade “B”, while hypnosis gained grade “C”. Generally, the study observed a lack of hard evidence to support the use of botanical natural products and ingested dietary supplements as alternatives to manage the side effects of the treatment pertaining to cancer care.

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