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Integrative Medicine and Breast Cancer 

Integrative Medicine and Breast Cancer
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Integrative Medicine and Breast Cancer
Author(s):

Debu Tripathy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0021
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date: 15 October 2019

Chapter 21 covers IM and breast cancer, and discusses the forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are widely used in breast cancer, that very few controlled clinical trials have been performed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of CAM for either symptom management or the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, how a low-fat diet with ample vegetable and fruit and a high level of physical activity shows the most promise in improving recurrence and mortality for early-stage breast cancer, that herbal and botanical agents have significant potential as bioactive agents that can affect cellular pathways involved in breast cancer, but may also cause side effects and drug interactions, how acupuncture is effective in controlling pain, nausea, and fatigue, that group support appears to improve quality of life and emotional state but improvements in survival have not been shown, how nind-body techniques such as yoga are being tested in small randomized trials and are showing promising results regarding emotional health and quality of life, but impact on breast cancer prevention or response is yet untested, and that some approaches such as Essiac tea, laetrile, hydrazine sulfate, high-dose oral vitamin C, and shark cartilage have been tested and found to be ineffective in advanced breast and other cancers.

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