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A breast cancer patient experiencing stress, depression or mood swings could be urged by her oncologist to exercise, meditate or use music therapy.

Today, The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), published its endorsement of integrative therapy guidelines recently established by the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO).

The full guidelines appear online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Some of the key recommendations include:

  • Music therapy, meditation, stress management, and yoga are recommended for anxiety/stress reduction.
  • Meditation, relaxation, yoga, massage, and music therapy are recommended for depression/mood disorders.
  • Meditation and yoga are recommended to improve quality of life.
  • Acupressure and acupuncture in addition to anti-nausea medications are recommended for reducing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
  • Glutamine is not recommended for improving nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy.
  • Acetyl-L-carnitine is not recommended to prevent chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy because of a possibility of harm.
  • No strong evidence supports the use of ingested dietary supplements to manage breast cancer treatment-related adverse effects.

Patients experiencing, and surviving breast cancer treatment normally need to utilize each instrument accessible to them to upgrade the adequacy of treatment and enhance their personal satisfaction.

Researcher aim to assist patients and specialists to settle on suitable individualized treatment choices – assessing the momentum restorative writing on correlative treatments to figure out what works, what doesn’t work and what may really be hurtful rather than supportive. The rules ought to be seen just as that – rules – in light of the fact that every patient’s case is exceptional, and there’s nothing more vital than the judgment of a free, mindful expert. There is an impressive absence of data on the advantages and damages of numerous integrative treatments in oncology and further thorough research of such strategies is incredibly required.

More information: Integrative Therapies During and After Breast Cancer Treatment: ASCO Endorsement of the SIO Clinical Practice Guideline. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2018; JCO.2018.79.272 DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2018.79.2721