Long-term follow-up of acupuncture and hormone therapy on hot flushes in women with breast cancer: a prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter trial
2008 (English)In: Climacteric, ISSN 1369-7137, E-ISSN 1473-0804, Vol. 11, no 2, 166-174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To evaluate the effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) and hormone therapy (HT) on vasomotor symptoms in women with a history of breast cancer.
Methods: Forty-five women were randomized to EA (n = 27) for 12 weeks or HT (n = 18) for 24 months. The number of and distress caused by hot flushes were registered daily before, during and up to 24 months after start of treatment.
Results: In 19 women who completed 12 weeks of EA, the median number of hot flushes/24 h decreased from 9.6 (interquartile range (IQR) 6.6-9.9) at baseline to 4.3 (IQR 1.0-7.1) at 12 weeks of treatment (p < 0.001). At 12 months after start of treatment, 14 women with only the initial 12 weeks of EA had a median number of flushes/24 h of 4.9 (IQR 1.8-7.3), and at 24 months seven women with no other treatment than EA had 2.1 (IQR 1.6-2.8) flushes/24 h. Another five women had a decreased number of flushes after having additional EA. The 18 women with HT had a baseline median number of flushes/24 h of 6.6 (IQR 4.0-8.9), and 0.0 (IQR 0.0-1.6; p = 0.001) at 12 weeks.
Conclusion: Electro-acupuncture is a possible treatment of vasomotor symptoms for women with breast cancer and should be further studied for this group of women.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 11, no 2, 166-174 p.
Acupuncture, Breast Neoplasms, Hot Flushes, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12622DOI: 10.1080/13697130801958709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12622DiVA: diva2:2090
Original publication: J. Frisk, S. Carlhäll, A. -C. Källström, L. Lindh-Åstrand, A. Malmström and M. Hammar, Long-term follow-up of acupuncture and hormone therapy on hot flushes in women with breast cancer: a prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter trial, 2008, Climacteric, (11), 2, 166-174. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business2008-09-182008-09-182014-06-25Bibliographically approved