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  • 1.
    Frisk, Jessica
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Acupuncture treatment for hot flushes in women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer2011Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The group of women and men with a history of cancer and distressing hot flushes and sweating is growing. The flushes negatively affect Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL), perhaps partially by disturbing sleep. Treatments that are effective, tolerable and safe need to be developed. There are a number of treatment alternatives that are often not very effective or associated with more or less serious side-effects. Based on theories on the mechanisms behind hot flushes and acupuncture, treatment with acupuncture has been tried in menopausal women with hot flushes and in a few studies in women with breast cancer (BCa).

    Aim: The general aim of the research leading to this thesis was to evaluate the effect of acupuncture on hot flushes, HRQoL and sleep in men with prostate cancer (PCa) and women with BCa. To evaluate the effect in women with BCa of 12 weeks of electrostimulated acupuncture (EA) and two years of hormone therapy (HT) on number of, and distress caused by, hot flushes, and on HRQoL and sleep. To evaluate whether acupuncture therapy could be used to treat hot flushes in men with PCa treated with castration therapy, and then to evaluate in men with PCa and hot flushes the effect of 12 weeks of traditional acupuncture (TA) or EA on number of, and distress caused by, hot flushes and on urinary excretion of CGRP, HRQoL and sleep.

    Subjects and methods: Forty-five women with a history of BCa were randomized to oral HT for two years or EA for 12 weeks and were followed up till two years after start of therapy. Thirty-eight men with PCa and hot flushes were treated with acupuncture. Seven men were treated with EA for 10 to 12 weeks in a pilot study. After positive results from this study 31 men were randomized between EA and TA for 12 weeks and followed up till nine months after end of treatment. Hot flushes, HRQoL and sleep were monitored by means of log books and validated questionnaires.

    Results: The pilot study showed that 10 to 12 weeks of EA in men with PCa reduced number of hot flushes to below 50% of baseline with persistent effects at a follow up three months later. The two randomized studies showed that treatment with acupuncture in women with a history of BCa, and men with PCa was associated with a decrease in both the number of and distress caused by hot flushes by at least 50%. HT almost eliminated the hot flushes. There was no difference in reduction of hot flushes between men receiving EA or TA. Reduction of the number of hot flushes and distress caused by hot flushes probably leads to decreased disturbances at night, and was associated in women with a significant improvement in HRQoL and sleep variables. The improvement in HRQoL was as great in women treated with EA as in women receiving HT although the latter group had a more substantial reduction in number of flushes than the EA group suggesting that EA might have other effects in addition to those on hot flushes. In the men HRQoL did not change significantly. We saw very few and non-serious side-effects in the acupuncture groups and no signs that acupuncture activated the cancer or ovarian/testicular function.

    Conclusions: Acupuncture reduced the number of hot flushes and distress caused by hot flushes with at least 50% in women and men with hot flushes and a cancer disease and also improved HRQoL and sleep at least in women. Acupuncture should be further evaluated in these patient groups and could be a treatment alternative in patients with troublesome symptoms.

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    1. Acupuncture treatment of vasomotor symptoms in men with prostatic carcinoma: A pilot study
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Acupuncture treatment of vasomotor symptoms in men with prostatic carcinoma: A pilot study
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    1999 (English)In: Journal of Urology, ISSN 0022-5347, E-ISSN 1527-3792, Vol. 161, no 3, p. 853-856Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: Most men who undergo castration therapy for prostatic carcinoma will have vasomotor symptoms that usually persist for years. Vasomotor symptoms are elicited from the thermoregulatory center, possibly due to a decrease in hypothalamic opioid activity induced by low sex steroid concentrations. Acupuncture treatment in women, which stimulates hypothalamic opioid activity, alleviates vasomotor symptoms. We report on men treated with acupuncture for relief of vasomotor symptoms after castration therapy.

    MATERIALS AND METHODS: We asked 7 men with vasomotor symptoms due to castration therapy to receive acupuncture treatment 30 minutes twice weekly for 2 weeks and once a week for 10 weeks. Effects on flushes were recorded in logbooks.

    RESULTS: Of the 7 men 6 completed at least 10 weeks of acupuncture therapy and all had a substantial decrease in the number of hot flushes (average 70% after 10 weeks). At 3 months after the last treatment the number of flushes was 50% lower than before therapy. Therapy was discontinued after 10 weeks because of a femoral neck fracture in 1 man and after 3 weeks due to severe back pain in 1.

    CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture may be a therapeutic alternative in men with hot flushes after castration therapy and merits further evaluation.

    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25941 (URN)10.1016/S0022-5347(01)61789-0 (DOI)000078492300030 ()10387 (Local ID)10387 (Archive number)10387 (OAI)
    Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    2. Long-term follow-up of acupuncture and hormone therapy on hot flushes in women with breast cancer: a prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter trial
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Long-term follow-up of acupuncture and hormone therapy on hot flushes in women with breast cancer: a prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter trial
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    2008 (English)In: Climacteric, ISSN 1369-7137, E-ISSN 1473-0804, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 166-174Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    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.

    Keywords
    Acupuncture, Breast Neoplasms, Hot Flushes, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12622 (URN)10.1080/13697130801958709 (DOI)
    Note

    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 business

    Available from: 2008-09-18 Created: 2008-09-18 Last updated: 2018-01-03Bibliographically approved
    3. Acupuncture improves health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) and sleep in women with breast cancer and hot flushes
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    2012 (English)In: Supportive Care in Cancer, ISSN 0941-4355, E-ISSN 1433-7339, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 715-724Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: Evaluate effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) and hormone therapy (HT) on health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) and sleep in breast cancer survivors with vasomotor symptoms.

    METHODS: Forty-five women, randomized to EA (n = 27) for 12 weeks or HT (n = 18) for 24 months, were followed for up to 2 years. Distress caused by, and numbers of, hot flushes, hours slept and times woken up/night, Psychological and General Well-being Index (PGWB) and Women's Health Questionnaire (WHQ) were registered before and during treatment and at 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months after start of treatment.

    RESULTS: After 12 weeks of EA (n = 19), WHQ improved from 0.32 (IQR 0.23-0.53) at baseline to 0.24 (IQR 0.12-0.39; p < 0.001) and PGWB from 78 (IQR 53-89) to 79 (IQR 68-93; p = 0.002). All sleep parameters improved and Hot Flush Score (HFS) decreased by 80%. At 12 months, WHQ, PGWB and all sleep parameters remained significantly improved (n = 14) and HFS decreased by 65%. After 12 weeks of HT (n = 18), WHQ improved from 0.29 (IQR 0.15-0.44) at baseline to 0.15 (IQR 0.05-0.22; p = 0.001), PGWB from 75 (IQR 59-88) to 90 (62-97; p = 0.102) and three of five sleep parameters improved.

    CONCLUSION: Both EA and HT increased HRQoL and sleep, probably through decreasing numbers of and distress by hot flushes. Although flushes decreased less in the EA group than in the HT group, HRQoL improved at least to the same extent maybe due to other effects of EA, not induced by HT, e.g. on anxiety, vitality and sleep, supported by subscale analyses. EA should be further evaluated as treatment for women with breast cancer and climacteric complaints, since HT no longer can be recommended for these women.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Springer, 2012
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68804 (URN)10.1007/s00520-011-1134-8 (DOI)000301525700006 ()21468626 (PubMedID)
    Note
    funding agencies|Medical research council of South-East of Sweden||Swedish Medical Research Council| K2002-72X-12651-O5C |County Council of Ostergotland||Available from: 2011-06-07 Created: 2011-06-07 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
    4. Two Modes of Acupuncture as a Treatment for Hot Flushes in Men with Prostate Cancer—A Prospective Multicenter Study with Long-Term Follow-Up
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Two Modes of Acupuncture as a Treatment for Hot Flushes in Men with Prostate Cancer—A Prospective Multicenter Study with Long-Term Follow-Up
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    2009 (English)In: European Urology, ISSN 0302-2838, E-ISSN 1873-7560, Vol. 55, no 1, p. 156-163Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Hot flushes are common and distressing among men with castrational treatment for prostate cancer. Of the few treatments, most have side effects.

    Objective: Assess changes in hot flushes of electrostimulated (EA) and traditional acupuncture (TA).

    Design, Setting, and Participants: Thirty-one men with hot flushes due to prostate cancer treatment were recruited from three urological departments in Sweden, from 2001 to 2004.

    Intervention: Thirty-one men were randomized to EA (4 electrostimulated needle points) or TA (12 needle points) weekly for 12 wk.

    Measurements: Primary outcome: number of and distress from hot flushes in 24h and change in “hot flush score.” Secondary outcome: change in 24-h urine excretion of CGRP (calcitonin gene–related peptide).

    Results and Limitations: Twenty-nine men completed the treatment. Hot flushes per 24h decreased significantly, from a median of 7.6 (interquartile range [IQR], 6.0–12.3) at baseline in the EA group to 4.1 (IQR, 2.0–6.5) (p=0.012) after 12 wk, and from 5.7 (IQR, 5.1–9.5) in the TA group to 3.4 (IQR1.8–6.3) (p=0.001). Distress by flushes decreased from 8.2 (IQR, 6.5–10.7) in the EA group to 3.3 (IQR, 0.3–8.1) (p=0.003), and from 7.6 (IQR, 4.7–8.3) to 3.4 (IQR, 2.0–5.6) (p=0.001) in the TA group after 12 wk, (78% and 73% reduction in “hot flush score,” respectively). The effect lasted up to 9 mo after treatment ended. CGRP did not change significantly. Few, minor side effects were reported.

    Limitations: small number of patients; no placebo control, instead a small group controlled for 6 wk pretreatment.

    Conclusions: EA and TA lowered number of and distress from hot flushes. The hot flush score decreased 78% and 73%, respectively, in line with or better than medical regimens for these symptoms. Acupuncture should be considered an alternative treatment for these symptoms, but further evaluation is needed, preferably with a non- or placebo-treated control group.

    Keywords
    Hot flushes, Prostate neoplasms, Acupuncture, Castration
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12621 (URN)10.1016/j.eururo.2008.02.002 (DOI)
    Note
    Original publication: Jessica Frisk, Anna-Clara Spetz, Hans Hjertberg, Bill Petersson, Mats Hammar, Two Modes of Acupuncture as a Treatment for Hot Flushes in Men with Prostate Cancer—A Prospective Multicenter Study with Long-Term Follow-Up, 2008, European Urology. Copyright: Elsevier B.V., http://www.elsevier.com/ Available from: 2008-09-18 Created: 2008-09-18 Last updated: 2017-12-13
    5. The effect of acupuncture on Health Related Quality of Life and sleep
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>The effect of acupuncture on Health Related Quality of Life and sleep
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    (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Hot flushes are well-known, disturbing side effects of Androgen  Deprivation Therapy (ADT) in men with advanced prostate cancer, and the hot flushes negatively affect HRQoL and sleep. Acupuncture has been shown effective and without side effects, as treatment for hot flushes in men with (ADT). The effect on flushes lasts up to nine months after treatment has ended, but little is known about its effect on HRQoL and sleep. This study adds knowledge about the association between hot flushes, HRQoL and sleep. It shows that the number of hot flushes /night decrease significantly for up to 12 months. It concludes however, that there are many other factors that affect the patients general HRQoL, and perhaps that is one reason why we cannot show an improvement in general HRQoL.

    Objective:

    • To evaluate the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) and traditional acupuncture (TA)on HRQoL and sleep in men with castrationally treated prostate cancer and hotflushes.

    Patients:

    • thirty-one men were randomized to traditional acupuncture (TA; n=16) or electrostimulated acupuncture (EA;n=15) for 12 weeks, with a study period of 12 months.

    Methods:

    • TA or EA was given for 30 minutes, twice a week for two weeks, and then once a week for 10 weeks. The patients were seen at the outpatient clinic before treatment, after 12 weeks of treatment, and at 6, 9, and 12 months follow up.
    • Log books , where the patients recorded number of and distress by hot flushes, tiredness, depressed mood, number of hours slept/night , and times woken up/night, were filled in before treatment, daily during the 12 weeks of treatment, and then one week before the 6, 9, and 12 months follow up visit.
    • Psychological and General Well-Being Index (PGWB) measured HRQoL at baseline, 12 weeks of treatment, and 6, 9 and 12 months follow up.
    • A six week waiting list with eight patients served as a control for changes in log-bookdata

    Results:

    • The number of hot flushes/night decreased significantly in both groups at all measuring points, except at nine months in the TA group.
    • No changes in hot flushes and times woken up/night during a six weeks pretreatment waiting list in eight patients, but significant changes in these patients after four weeks of treatment.
    • HRQoL, measured by log-book data and PGWB did neither improve nor deteriorate over 12 months. (A clinically significant change in PGWB was seen in 8/29 patients after 12 weeks of treatment, and a deterioration in 11/29).
    • The patients reported no change in hours slept/night, and times woken up/night decreased significantly only in the EA group after 12 weeks of treatment.
    • There is a strong association between numbers of hot flushes, sleep and HRQoL.

    Conclusion:

    • HF are associated with HRQoL and sleep, and EA/TA decrease hot flush numbers and distress, and thereby possibly increase sleep quality. This may sustain HRQoL.
    • HRQoL neither improved nor deteriorated during 12 months follow up, which may in this patient group, be explained by other factors, probably related to the advanced PCa, that have negative impact on HRQoL.
    • EA/TA merits further evaluation regarding the effects on HRQoL with a rigid measure of signs of disease progression, and also using a prostate cancer or hormone deprivation specific HRQoL questionnaire.
    Keywords
    Hot flushes, Prostate cancer, acupuncture, HRQoL, sleep
    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68805 (URN)
    Available from: 2011-06-07 Created: 2011-06-07 Last updated: 2011-08-30Bibliographically approved
  • 2.
    Frisk, Jessica
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Surgery VHN.
    Managing hot flushes in men after prostate cancer-A systematic review2010In: Maturitas, ISSN 0378-5122, E-ISSN 1873-4111, Vol. 65, no 1, p. 15-22Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Context and objective: The aim of this study was to describe hot flushes in men with prostate cancer, and their treatment methods. Method: A systematic review was conducted of the literature indexed between 1966 and 2009 on the MEDLINE, the ISI Web of Knowledge, Cinahl and PsycINFO. Of 252 articles identified, 32 were selected for consideration of their complete texts, of which five were subject to detailed analysis. Results: Diethylstilbestrol, megestrol acetate and cyproterone acetate have the strongest effect, giving a 75% or larger decrease of the number of hot flushes, but they may have severe or bothersome side-effects. Gabapentin has an uncertain effect. Clonidine is not proven effective for hot flushes. Long-term effects were not evaluated in any of the studies. SSRI/SNRI and acupuncture may have a moderate effect on hot flushes but are not proven in any RCTs. Conclusion: Hot flushes are common and bothersome symptoms in men with prostate cancer and those taking anti-androgen treatment, and reduce quality of life. Few treatments are available and some are avoided for these patients. Additional prospective treatment studies are needed, with long-term follow-up, in order to evaluate the effects and risks of treatments. Treatments with few or no severe side-effects should be prioritised in future investigations. Experimental studies are also needed to elucidate the mechanism behind hot flushes in men and to suggest routes for the development of new treatments.

  • 3.
    Frisk, Jessica
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Carlhäll, S.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Källström, Ann-Christin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Lindh-Åstrand, Lotta
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Malmström, Annika
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Surgery in Östergötland. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Hammar, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Long-term follow-up of acupuncture and hormone therapy on hot flushes in women with breast cancer: a prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter trial2008In: Climacteric, ISSN 1369-7137, E-ISSN 1473-0804, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 166-174Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    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.

  • 4.
    Frisk, Jessica
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Surgery in Norrköping.
    Hammar, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Ingvar, Martin
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden .
    Spetz, Anna-Clara
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    How long do the effects of acupuncture on hot flashes persist in cancer patients?2014In: Supportive Care in Cancer, ISSN 0941-4355, E-ISSN 1433-7339, Vol. 22, no 5, p. 1409-1415Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose Acupuncture has been suggested as therapy for hot flashes in women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer. In this systematic review, we sought to evaluate the long-term effects on vasomotor symptoms after the end of a defined treatment period of acupuncture in women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer. Methods A literature search revealed 222 articles within the field. With defined exclusion criteria, we identified 17 studies. We also used the Jadad quality score and identified seven studies with a score of at least 3. Results Six of seven identified studies qualified for inclusion in an analysis that measured frequency of hot flashes weighted in relation to number of patients (n=172). The average reduction from baseline to end of acupuncture (ranging between 5 and 12 weeks of treatment) showed 43.2 % reduction of hot flashes. At the last follow-up (mean 5.8 months, range 39 months) after the end of therapy, the weighted reduction from baseline was sustained at 45.6 % in the 153 of 172 patients (89 %) who were followed up. Conclusions Data from six prospective analyzed studies indicate at least 3-month effects after the end of acupuncture treatment for flashes in women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer. However, larger randomized trials with long-term follow-up will be needed to confirm these preliminary findings.

  • 5.
    Frisk, Jessica
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Hjertberg, Hans
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Urology in Östergötland.
    Peterson, Björn
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Urology in Östergötland.
    Spetz, Anna-Clara
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Hammar, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    The effect of acupuncture on Health Related Quality of Life and sleepManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Hot flushes are well-known, disturbing side effects of Androgen  Deprivation Therapy (ADT) in men with advanced prostate cancer, and the hot flushes negatively affect HRQoL and sleep. Acupuncture has been shown effective and without side effects, as treatment for hot flushes in men with (ADT). The effect on flushes lasts up to nine months after treatment has ended, but little is known about its effect on HRQoL and sleep. This study adds knowledge about the association between hot flushes, HRQoL and sleep. It shows that the number of hot flushes /night decrease significantly for up to 12 months. It concludes however, that there are many other factors that affect the patients general HRQoL, and perhaps that is one reason why we cannot show an improvement in general HRQoL.

    Objective:

    • To evaluate the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) and traditional acupuncture (TA)on HRQoL and sleep in men with castrationally treated prostate cancer and hotflushes.

    Patients:

    • thirty-one men were randomized to traditional acupuncture (TA; n=16) or electrostimulated acupuncture (EA;n=15) for 12 weeks, with a study period of 12 months.

    Methods:

    • TA or EA was given for 30 minutes, twice a week for two weeks, and then once a week for 10 weeks. The patients were seen at the outpatient clinic before treatment, after 12 weeks of treatment, and at 6, 9, and 12 months follow up.
    • Log books , where the patients recorded number of and distress by hot flushes, tiredness, depressed mood, number of hours slept/night , and times woken up/night, were filled in before treatment, daily during the 12 weeks of treatment, and then one week before the 6, 9, and 12 months follow up visit.
    • Psychological and General Well-Being Index (PGWB) measured HRQoL at baseline, 12 weeks of treatment, and 6, 9 and 12 months follow up.
    • A six week waiting list with eight patients served as a control for changes in log-bookdata

    Results:

    • The number of hot flushes/night decreased significantly in both groups at all measuring points, except at nine months in the TA group.
    • No changes in hot flushes and times woken up/night during a six weeks pretreatment waiting list in eight patients, but significant changes in these patients after four weeks of treatment.
    • HRQoL, measured by log-book data and PGWB did neither improve nor deteriorate over 12 months. (A clinically significant change in PGWB was seen in 8/29 patients after 12 weeks of treatment, and a deterioration in 11/29).
    • The patients reported no change in hours slept/night, and times woken up/night decreased significantly only in the EA group after 12 weeks of treatment.
    • There is a strong association between numbers of hot flushes, sleep and HRQoL.

    Conclusion:

    • HF are associated with HRQoL and sleep, and EA/TA decrease hot flush numbers and distress, and thereby possibly increase sleep quality. This may sustain HRQoL.
    • HRQoL neither improved nor deteriorated during 12 months follow up, which may in this patient group, be explained by other factors, probably related to the advanced PCa, that have negative impact on HRQoL.
    • EA/TA merits further evaluation regarding the effects on HRQoL with a rigid measure of signs of disease progression, and also using a prostate cancer or hormone deprivation specific HRQoL questionnaire.
  • 6.
    Frisk, Jessica
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Källström, Ann-Christin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Wall, Najme
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Oncology UHL.
    Hammar, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Long term follow up of acupuncture and hormone therapy on hot flushes and well-being in women with breast cancer - a prospective, randomized multi centre trial in CANCER RESEARCH, vol 69, issue 2, pp 204S-204S2009In: CANCER RESEARCH, 2009, Vol. 69, no 2, p. 204S-204SConference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 7.
    Frisk, Jessica
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Källström, Ann-Christine
    Clinical Department of Surgery, Division of Oncology, Helsingborg Hospital, Helsingborg, Sweden.
    Wall, Najme
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Oncology UHL.
    Fredrikson, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Hammar, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Acupuncture improves health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) and sleep in women with breast cancer and hot flushes2012In: Supportive Care in Cancer, ISSN 0941-4355, E-ISSN 1433-7339, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 715-724Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: Evaluate effects of electro-acupuncture (EA) and hormone therapy (HT) on health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) and sleep in breast cancer survivors with vasomotor symptoms.

    METHODS: Forty-five women, randomized to EA (n = 27) for 12 weeks or HT (n = 18) for 24 months, were followed for up to 2 years. Distress caused by, and numbers of, hot flushes, hours slept and times woken up/night, Psychological and General Well-being Index (PGWB) and Women's Health Questionnaire (WHQ) were registered before and during treatment and at 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months after start of treatment.

    RESULTS: After 12 weeks of EA (n = 19), WHQ improved from 0.32 (IQR 0.23-0.53) at baseline to 0.24 (IQR 0.12-0.39; p < 0.001) and PGWB from 78 (IQR 53-89) to 79 (IQR 68-93; p = 0.002). All sleep parameters improved and Hot Flush Score (HFS) decreased by 80%. At 12 months, WHQ, PGWB and all sleep parameters remained significantly improved (n = 14) and HFS decreased by 65%. After 12 weeks of HT (n = 18), WHQ improved from 0.29 (IQR 0.15-0.44) at baseline to 0.15 (IQR 0.05-0.22; p = 0.001), PGWB from 75 (IQR 59-88) to 90 (62-97; p = 0.102) and three of five sleep parameters improved.

    CONCLUSION: Both EA and HT increased HRQoL and sleep, probably through decreasing numbers of and distress by hot flushes. Although flushes decreased less in the EA group than in the HT group, HRQoL improved at least to the same extent maybe due to other effects of EA, not induced by HT, e.g. on anxiety, vitality and sleep, supported by subscale analyses. EA should be further evaluated as treatment for women with breast cancer and climacteric complaints, since HT no longer can be recommended for these women.

  • 8.
    Frisk, Jessica
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Spetz, Anna-Clara
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Hjertberg, Hans
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Urology in Östergötland.
    Petersson, Bill
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Urology in Östergötland.
    Hammar, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Two Modes of Acupuncture as a Treatment for Hot Flushes in Men with Prostate Cancer—A Prospective Multicenter Study with Long-Term Follow-Up2009In: European Urology, ISSN 0302-2838, E-ISSN 1873-7560, Vol. 55, no 1, p. 156-163Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Hot flushes are common and distressing among men with castrational treatment for prostate cancer. Of the few treatments, most have side effects.

    Objective: Assess changes in hot flushes of electrostimulated (EA) and traditional acupuncture (TA).

    Design, Setting, and Participants: Thirty-one men with hot flushes due to prostate cancer treatment were recruited from three urological departments in Sweden, from 2001 to 2004.

    Intervention: Thirty-one men were randomized to EA (4 electrostimulated needle points) or TA (12 needle points) weekly for 12 wk.

    Measurements: Primary outcome: number of and distress from hot flushes in 24h and change in “hot flush score.” Secondary outcome: change in 24-h urine excretion of CGRP (calcitonin gene–related peptide).

    Results and Limitations: Twenty-nine men completed the treatment. Hot flushes per 24h decreased significantly, from a median of 7.6 (interquartile range [IQR], 6.0–12.3) at baseline in the EA group to 4.1 (IQR, 2.0–6.5) (p=0.012) after 12 wk, and from 5.7 (IQR, 5.1–9.5) in the TA group to 3.4 (IQR1.8–6.3) (p=0.001). Distress by flushes decreased from 8.2 (IQR, 6.5–10.7) in the EA group to 3.3 (IQR, 0.3–8.1) (p=0.003), and from 7.6 (IQR, 4.7–8.3) to 3.4 (IQR, 2.0–5.6) (p=0.001) in the TA group after 12 wk, (78% and 73% reduction in “hot flush score,” respectively). The effect lasted up to 9 mo after treatment ended. CGRP did not change significantly. Few, minor side effects were reported.

    Limitations: small number of patients; no placebo control, instead a small group controlled for 6 wk pretreatment.

    Conclusions: EA and TA lowered number of and distress from hot flushes. The hot flush score decreased 78% and 73%, respectively, in line with or better than medical regimens for these symptoms. Acupuncture should be considered an alternative treatment for these symptoms, but further evaluation is needed, preferably with a non- or placebo-treated control group.

  • 9.
    Ginstman, Charlotte
    et al.
    Region Östergötland, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Frisk, Jessica
    Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Surgery in Norrköping. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Ottosson, Johan
    University of Örebro, Sweden.
    Brynhildsen, Jan
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Contraceptive Use Before and After Gastric Bypass: a Questionnaire Study2015In: Obesity Surgery, ISSN 0960-8923, E-ISSN 1708-0428, Vol. 25, no 11, p. 2066-2070Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    At present, women are recommended to avoid pregnancy 12-18 months after bariatric surgery. Our aim in this study was to describe patterns of contraceptive use before and after gastric bypass in Sweden, and to describe the contraceptive counseling given preoperatively to women undergoing gastric bypass. In October 2012, a questionnaire was sent to 1000 Swedish women who all had undergone gastric bypass during 2010. The women had been included in the Scandinavian Obesity Surgery Register at time of surgery. The main outcome measures were patterns of use of contraception before and after bariatric surgery. The response rate was 57 %. The most commonly used contraceptive methods were intrauterine devices, 29 % preoperatively and 26 % postoperatively even though there was a postoperative switch from the copper intrauterine device to the levonorgestrel intrauterine system. Thirty percent did not use any contraceptive during the first 12 months after surgery. Sixty percent of the responders were aware of the recommendations to avoid pregnancy after surgery. Many women who undergo bariatric surgery are not using any contraceptive method despite the recommendation that they should avoid pregnancy for at least 12 months. There is a great need to improve contraceptive counseling for this growing group of women.

  • 10.
    Hammar, Mats
    et al.
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Frisk, Jessica
    Linköping University, Department of health and environment. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Grimsås, Ö
    Department of Surgery, County Hospital, Ludvika, Sweden.
    Höök, M
    Department of Surgery, County Hospital, Ludvika, Sweden.
    Spetz, Anna-Clara
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Wyon, Yvonne
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Surgery in Östergötland.
    Acupuncture treatment of vasomotor symptoms in men with prostatic carcinoma: A pilot study1999In: Journal of Urology, ISSN 0022-5347, E-ISSN 1527-3792, Vol. 161, no 3, p. 853-856Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: Most men who undergo castration therapy for prostatic carcinoma will have vasomotor symptoms that usually persist for years. Vasomotor symptoms are elicited from the thermoregulatory center, possibly due to a decrease in hypothalamic opioid activity induced by low sex steroid concentrations. Acupuncture treatment in women, which stimulates hypothalamic opioid activity, alleviates vasomotor symptoms. We report on men treated with acupuncture for relief of vasomotor symptoms after castration therapy.

    MATERIALS AND METHODS: We asked 7 men with vasomotor symptoms due to castration therapy to receive acupuncture treatment 30 minutes twice weekly for 2 weeks and once a week for 10 weeks. Effects on flushes were recorded in logbooks.

    RESULTS: Of the 7 men 6 completed at least 10 weeks of acupuncture therapy and all had a substantial decrease in the number of hot flushes (average 70% after 10 weeks). At 3 months after the last treatment the number of flushes was 50% lower than before therapy. Therapy was discontinued after 10 weeks because of a femoral neck fracture in 1 man and after 3 weeks due to severe back pain in 1.

    CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture may be a therapeutic alternative in men with hot flushes after castration therapy and merits further evaluation.

  • 11.
    Sennfält, Karin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Department of Health and Society, Center for Medical Technology Assessment. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Carlsson, Per
    Linköping University, Department of Department of Health and Society, Center for Medical Technology Assessment. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Thorfinn, Johan
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Urology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Frisk, Jessica
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Urology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Henriksson, Martin
    Linköping University, Department of Department of Health and Society, Center for Medical Technology Assessment. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Varenhorst, Eberhard
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Urology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Technological changes in the management of prostate cancer result in increased healthcare costs: a retrospective study in a defined Swedish population2003In: Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology, ISSN 0036-5599, E-ISSN 1651-2065, Vol. 37, no 3, p. 226-231Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE:

    In two previous studies we calculated direct costs for men with prostate cancer who died in 1984-85 and 1992-93, respectively. We have now performed a third cost analysis to enable a longitudinal cost comparison. The aim was to calculate direct costs for the management of prostate cancer, describe the economic consequences of technological changes over time and estimate total direct costs for prostate cancer in Sweden.

    MATERIAL AND METHODS:

    A total of 204 men in a defined population with a diagnosis of prostate cancer and who died in 1997-98 were included. Data on utilization of health services were extracted from clinical records from time of diagnosis to death from a university hospital and from one county hospital in the county of Ostergötland.

    RESULTS:

    The average direct cost per patient has been nearly stable over time (1984-85: 143 000 SEK; 1992-93: 150 000 SEK; 1997-98: 146 000 SEK). The share of costs for drugs increased from 7% in 1992-93 to 17% in 1997-98. The total direct costs for prostate cancer in Sweden have increased over time (1994-85: 610 MSEK; 1992-93: 860 MSEK; 1997-98: 970 MSEK).

    CONCLUSIONS:

    Two-thirds of the total cost is incurred by inpatient care. The share of the total costs for drugs is increasing due to increased use of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone analogues. Small changes in average direct costs per patient despite greater use of technology are explained by the fact that more prostate cancers are detected at the early stages.

  • 12.
    Spetz, Anna-Clara
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Frisk, Jessica
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Surgery in Norrköping.
    Hammar, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
    Acupuncture as Treatment of Hot Flashes and the Possible Role of Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide2012In: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, ISSN 1741-427X, E-ISSN 1741-4288, Vol. 2012, no 579321Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The mechanisms behind hot flashes in menopausal women are not fully understood. The flashes in women are probably preceded by and actually initiated by a sudden downward shift in the set point for the core body temperature in the thermoregulatory center that is affected by sex steroids, beta-endorphins, and other central neurotransmitters. Treatments that influence these factors may be expected to reduce hot flashes. Since therapy with sex steroids for hot flashes has appeared to cause a number of side effects and risks and women with hot flashes and breast cancer as well as men with prostate cancer and hot flashes are prevented from sex steroid therapy there is a great need for alternative therapies. Acupuncture affecting the opioid system has been suggested as an alternative treatment option for hot flashes in menopausal women and castrated men. The heat loss during hot flashes may be mediated by the potent vasodilator and sweat gland activator calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) the concentration of which increases in plasma during flashes in menopausal women and, according to one study, in castrated men with flushes. There is also evidence for connections between the opioid system and the release of CGRP. In this paper we discuss acupuncture as a treatment alternative for hot flashes and the role of CGRP in this context.

  • 13.
    Wyon, Yvonne
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Frisk, Jessica
    Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Lundeberg, Thomas
    Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Karolinska lnstitutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Theodorsson, Elvar
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Clinical Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Hammar, Mats
    Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Postmenopausal women with vasomotor symptoms have increased urinary excretion of calcitonin gene-related peptide1998In: Maturitas, ISSN 0378-5122, E-ISSN 1873-4111, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 289-294Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: To establish whether 24 h urinary excretion of the potent vasodilator calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) was higher in postmenopausal women with vasomotor symptoms compared to the level in women without symptoms. We also wanted to establish whether urinary excretion of CGRP changed during the menstrual cycle in women of fertile age.

    Material and methods: Thirteen postmenopausal women with and 13 women without vasomotor symptoms were included. Urine was collected over 24 h and CGRP excretion was measured utilizing radio-immuno assay technique. Twenty-four hour CGRP excretion was also measured in ten fertile women with regular cycles in early follicular, preovulatory and midluteal phase.

    Results: Twenty-four hour urinary excretion of CGRP was significantly higher in women with vasomotor symptoms compared to non-flushing women (median 7.16 vs 5.15 pmol/24h; P=0.028). CGRP concentrations were stable throughout the ovulatory cycles.

    Conclusion: The 24 h urinary excretion of CGRP is higher in women with vasomotor symptoms than in women without these symptoms. CGRP may be the mediator of vasodilator signals originating from the thermoregulatory center.

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