134 results match your criteria Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology [Journal]


Managing radiation therapy side effects with complementary medicine.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2010 ;8(2):65-80

Over one-third of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The prevalence among cancer patients may even be higher. Complementary therapies may reduce possible symptom burdens caused by conventional cancer treatments. Read More

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April 2016
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Patient-doctor communication: use of complementary and alternative medicine by adult patients with cancer.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2010 ;8(2):56-64

The purpose of this survey was to examine patient-doctor communication about the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by adult patients with cancer and compare patients' satisfaction with the consultation between patients who had and those who had not discussed the use of CAM with their doctors. Oncologists from three hospitals screened patients for eligibility. Eligible patients were mailed a letter of invitation with a questionnaire (N = 1,323). Read More

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April 2016
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Yoga improves quality of life and benefit finding in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2010 ;8(2):43-55

This study examined the effects of yoga on quality of life (QOL) and psychosocial outcomes in women with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy. Sixty-one women were randomly assigned to either a yoga or a wait-list group. Yoga classes were taught biweekly during the 6 weeks of radiotherapy. Read More

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April 2016
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Phase II Randomized Trial of Acupuncture-Like Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation to Prevent Radiation-Induced Xerostomia in Head and Neck Cancer Patients.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2010 ;8(2):35-42

Current evidence indicates that acupuncture-like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (ALTENS) can provide sustained benefit for established radiation-induced xerostomia (RIX) symptoms. This is further being evaluated by comparing it with standard treatment (pilocarpine) in a randomized controlled trial. This report studies the potential effectiveness of xerostomia prevention using ALTENS delivered concomitantly with radiotherapy administered to head and neck cancer patients. Read More

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April 2016
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Panax ginseng.

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J Soc Integr Oncol 2010 ;8(1):31-2

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April 2016
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Phytoestrogens: science, evidence, and advice for breast cancer patients.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2010 ;8(1):20-30

There are important safety concerns associated with dietary supplements and foods rich in phytoestrogens, especially for breast cancer patients with hormone-sensitive disease. However, no consensus has been reached concerning specific dietary items that should be avoided, and safe levels of potentially problematic foods have yet to be determined. Excellent qualitative reviews of phytoestrogens and breast cancer have been published. Read More

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April 2016
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Team science of nursing, engineering, statistics, and practitioner in the development of a robotic reflexology device.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2010 ;8(1):14-9

Gwen Wyatt: College of Nursing; Alla Sikorskii: Department of Statistics and Probability; and Tamara Reid Bush and Ranjan Mukherjee: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

The purpose of this article is to share the lessons learned in forming an interdisciplinary team that implements a team science approach to integrative medicine (IM) research. The disciplines of nursing, statistics, and engineering, along with consultants and a reflexology practitioner, formed this university-based team to conceptualize and develop a prototype robotic device for reflexology for breast cancer patients. The nurse investigator contributed the intervention background and access to the population; the statistician guided the team thinking on factors that needed to be controlled for; the engineers provided the expertise in device design and development; consultants facilitated the team's thinking in new directions; and the reflexology practitioner prescribed the protocol. Read More

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April 2016
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Results of a randomized phase I dose-finding trial of several doses of isoflavones in men with localized prostate cancer: administration prior to radical prostatectomy.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2010 ;8(1):3-13

The purpose of this phase I dose-finding randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the safe and effective dose of isoflavones to be used in future clinical trials for prostate cancer prevention. Forty-five eligible men were supplemented with 40, 60, and 80 mg of purified isoflavones or no supplement from biopsy to prostatectomy. Compliance with the study agent, toxicity, and changes in plasma isoflavones, serum steroid hormones, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and tissue Ki-67 were analyzed from baseline to completion of the study. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3277948PMC
April 2016
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Not soy simple.

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Donald I Abrams

J Soc Integr Oncol 2010 ;8(1):1-2

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April 2016
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Music for patients with hematological malignancies undergoing bone marrow biopsy: a randomized controlled study of anxiety, perceived pain, and patient satisfaction.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2010 ;8(4):140-147

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC, 27157 ; West Virginia University School of Medicine, Charleston, WV, 26503.

Objective: To examine the impact of random assignment to music versus usual care on anxiety, perceived pain level and patient satisfaction in patients undergoing bone marrow biopsies.

Method: Patients were randomized to music or usual care after completing a baseline questionnaire. All patients completed a post-procedure questionnaire. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3947526PMC
January 2010
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Kava (Piper methysticum).

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J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(4):170-2

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March 2010
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Cancer-induced cachexia: a guide for the oncologist.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(4):155-69

Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Cancer-induced cachexia (CIC) is a paraneoplastic syndrome that may account for up to 20% of deaths in cancer patients. Cachexia includes distinct metabolic changes that are the result of an acute-phase response (APR) mounted by the host as a reaction to tumor cells. These changes include increased muscle proteolysis, increased fat lipolysis, and increased hepatic production of acute-phase proteins such as C-reactive protein and fibrinogen. Read More

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March 2010
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Spirituality of childhood cancer survivors.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(4):146-54

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.

With the survival rates for childhood cancer growing, studies point to both the challenges and possible opportunities for personal growth that children with cancer may experience throughout their life journey. Examined in this review, research on the spirituality of childhood cancer survivors has provided insight into their overall spiritual journeys, their strategies to promote well-being, and the dynamics of hope and meaning within their lives. In an area that is in the early stages of research, the qualitative and exploratory research of the spirituality of childhood cancer survivors also contributes to the generation of future hypotheses. Read More

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March 2010
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Systematic evaluation of the clinical effects of supportive mistletoe treatment within chemo- and/or radiotherapy protocols and long-term mistletoe application in nonmetastatic colorectal carcinoma: multicenter, controlled, observational cohort study.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(4):137-45

Department of Internal Medicine and Oncology, Hospital Bad Bocklet, Bad Bocklet, Germany.

In Europe, patients with colorectal carcinoma (CRC) frequently receive mistletoe extracts to improve quality of life and survival. This study was designed to evaluate supportive treatment with mistletoe extract Iscador (ISC) in nonmetastatic CRC patients under routine clinical conditions and to create well-founded hypotheses for future prospective clinical studies. The design of a multicenter, controlled, retrospective, observational cohort study with parallel groups met the Good Epidemiological Practice rules. Read More

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March 2010
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CVT-E002 stimulates the immune system and extends the life span of mice bearing a tumor of viral origin.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(4):127-36

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, McGill University, Montreal, QC.

The present study evaluated the dose-related effects of CVT-E002, a proprietary extract of Panax quinquefolius (CV Technologies Inc., Edmonton, AB), in the treatment of a tumor of viral origin, that is, erythroleukemia, in mice. Three treatments including ingestion of 2, 40, and 120 mg/d were compared. Read More

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March 2010
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Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis).

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J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(3):121-2

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December 2009
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Maitake.

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J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(2):81-2

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June 2009
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Essiac: systematic review by the natural standard research collaboration.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(2):73-80

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the scientific evidence on the safety and efficacy of Essiac. This review serves as a clinical support tool. Electronic searches were conducted in 10 databases, 20 additional journals (not indexed in common databases), and bibliographies from 50 selected secondary references. Read More

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June 2009
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Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa): systematic review by the natural standard research collaboration.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(2):66-72

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the scientific evidence on maitake, including expert opinion, folkloric precedent, history, pharmacology, kinetics/dynamics, interactions, adverse effects, toxicology, and dosing. This review serves as a clinical support tool. Electronic searches were conducted in 10 databases, 20 additional journals (not indexed in common databases), and bibliographies from 50 selected secondary references. Read More

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June 2009
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beta-carboline alkaloid-enriched extract from the amazonian rain forest tree pao pereira suppresses prostate cancer cells.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(2):59-65

Department of Urology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.

Bark extracts from the Amazonian rain forest tree Geissospermum vellosii (pao pereira), enriched in alpha-carboline alkaloids have significant anticancer activities in certain preclinical models. Because of the predominance of prostate cancer as a cause of cancer-related morbidity and mortality for men of Western countries, we preclinically tested the in vitro and in vivo effects of a pao pereira extract against a prototypical human prostate cancer cell line, LNCaP. When added to cultured LNCaP cells, pao pereira extract significantly suppressed cell growth in a dose-dependent fashion and induced apoptosis. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6358020PMC
June 2009
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Acupuncture for nonpalliative radiation therapy-related fatigue: feasibility study.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(2):52-8

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.

The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of an acupuncture clinical trial to prevent radiation therapy (RT)-induced fatigue. We conducted a cross-sectional survey study and a single-arm acupuncture clinical trial among patients undergoing RT. Patients with a Karnofsky score of less than 60, severe anemia, or substantial psychological diagnoses were excluded. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3569525PMC
June 2009
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Zyflamend in men with high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia: results of a phase I clinical trial.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(2):43-51

Department of Urology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY 10032, USA.

Subjects diagnosed with high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN) at biopsy are at increased risk for developing prostate cancer (CaP). A prospective clinical trial was done to determine the safety and tolerability of a novel herbal amalgam, Zyflamend (New Chapter, Inc., Brattleboro, VT), with various dietary supplements in subjects with HGPIN. Read More

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June 2009
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Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana).

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J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(1):41-2

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June 2009
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Phase II designs for anticancer botanicals and supplements.

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Andrew J Vickers

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(1):35-40

Department of Epidemiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021, USA.

The purpose of a phase II trial is to determine whether an anticancer agent is sufficiently promising to take forward to a definitive, randomized, phase III study. Traditional phase II trials use tumor response as an end point, defined as a 50% or greater decrease in tumor size. Anticancer botanicals and supplements are unlikely to bring about rapid tumor regression, even if they do extend survival. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2736093PMC
June 2009
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Survey of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners regarding cancer management and research.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(1):26-34

Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.

The primary purpose of this survey was to assess the interest and concerns of a group of cancer complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners regarding CAM research issues. These issues include the CAM modalities used most often by CAM practitioners in the treatment of cancer patients, cancer CAM practitioners' perceptions of the most promising areas of cancer CAM research, the perceived obstacles to carrying out research objectives in the emerging field of cancer CAM research, the extent of awareness of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Best Case Series Program, and CAM practitioners' level of interest in research collaboration with CAM researchers. A cross-sectional survey of a convenience sample of cancer CAM practitioners was conducted. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719964PMC
June 2009
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Integrating a narrative medicine telephone interview with online life review education for cancer patients: lessons learned and future directions.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(1):19-25

Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA.

We describe an online narrative and life review education program for cancer patients and the results of a small implementation test to inform future directions for further program development and full-scale evaluation research. The intervention combined three types of psycho-oncology narrative interventions that have been shown to help patients address emotional and existential issues: (1) a physician-led dignity-enhancing telephone interview to elicit the life narrative, (2) delivery of an edited life manuscript, and (3) self-directed life review education delivered via a Web site with instructional materials and expert consultation to help people revise and share their story. Eleven cancer patients tested the intervention and provided feedback in an in-depth exit interview. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3407970PMC
June 2009
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Impact of healing touch on pediatric oncology outpatients: pilot study.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(1):12-8

Department of Pediatrics, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA.

Healing Touch (HT) is a biofield therapy used to enhance well-being. We conducted a pilot study to assess its effects in pediatric oncology patients. We enrolled patients in the continuation or consolidation phase of therapy. Read More

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June 2009
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Pilot, randomized, modified, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(1):4-11

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Womens Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.

Cancer-related fatigue is a substantial problem for cancer patients and their caregivers, but no effective treatment exists. Acupuncture has been suggested to improve cancer-related fatigue, but no randomized clinical trials have been conducted. We hypothesized that true acupuncture, compared with sham acupuncture, would reduce cancer-related fatigue in cancer patients receiving external radiation therapy. Read More

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June 2009
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Acupuncture for fatigue during radiation therapy: points made.

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Deng Gary

J Soc Integr Oncol 2009 ;7(1):1-3

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June 2009
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Red clover (Trifolium pratense).

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K S Yeung J Gubili

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(4):176-7

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March 2009
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Credentialing complementary practitioners in a large academic cancer center.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(4):169-75

Place...of wellness, Integrative Medicine Program, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.

One of the key obstacles to the complete integration of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) into standard care in the United States is the lack of between-state and between-institution standards for credentialing. Also, a formal framework for the scope of CIM practitioner's practice is not available for assessing CIM integration into conventional patient care. Although many cancer centers do have some CIM programming under way, the scope of practice for CIM practitioners who may or may not fall within any formal licensing body and for non-CIM practitioners continues to vary among centers. Read More

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March 2009
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Breast cancer and the immune system.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(4):158-68

Research Center, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA, USA.

This article reviews the evidence that the functioning of both the innate and the adaptive immune system plays a role in preventing relapse in women with breast cancer. Lymphocytes, including T cells, T regulatory cells, and natural killer cells, and their cytokine release patterns are implicated in both primary prevention and recurrence of breast cancer. Cancer prognosis may be related to immune system functional status. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2845458PMC
March 2009
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Phytomedicine 101: plant taxonomy for preclinical and clinical medicinal plant researchers.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(4):150-7

Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Ethnobiology and Natural Products, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199, USA.

Plants are the primary source of medicine for most of the world. The most fundamental step in the scientific study of medicinal plants is establishing their botanical identity. Many studies lack voucher specimens, which serve as permanent records of scientific investigations. Read More

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March 2009
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Parents' attitudes and expectations about music's impact on pediatric oncology patients.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(4):146-9

Department of Pediatrics, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA.

Clinicians often have positive attitudes about the clinical effects of music. To better understand barriers to providing music in the clinic, we describe parents' attitudes about music for pediatric oncology outpatients. A cross-sectional survey was conducted between January 2005 and October 2007 in a pediatric oncology clinic in a tertiary hospital. Read More

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March 2009
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Acupressure for chemotherapy-associated nausea and vomiting in children.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(4):141-5

Department of Pediatrics, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA.

The objective of this study was to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of acupressure therapy in preventing chemotherapy-associated nausea in children. A prospective, randomized, crossover trial was conducted among pediatric oncology patients at Brenner Children's Hospital (Winston-Salem, NC). Patients were randomized to one of two treatment sequences involving acupressure wrist bands and placebo bands, separated by a standard care treatment with no bands. Read More

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March 2009
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Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes).

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J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(3):134-5

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February 2009
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Clinical consultation, a personal perspective: components of a successful integrative medicine clinical consultation.

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Moshe Frenkel

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(3):129-33

Integrative Medicine Program, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.

Integrative medicine is becoming an increasingly popular and visible component in oncology care. Thus, the question arises: How can clinicians facilitate, encourage, and integrate the use of complementary and integrative medicines (CIMs) in patients with cancer? The integrative medicine consultation is not easy and involves much more than simply providing reliable information about the proper use of CIM therapies to alleviate symptoms. Some key factors are necessary to allow for a successful consultation for patients and their families and caregivers: physicians must have extensive knowledge of CIM and of cancer care; they must use a sensitive approach in communication with the patient that relies on effective communication skills and experience in listening; and they must have the ability to convey empathy and compassion. Read More

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February 2009
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Trametes versicolor mushroom immune therapy in breast cancer.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(3):122-8

Bastyr University Research Center, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA 98028, USA.

Data from multiple epidemiologic and clinical studies on immune effects of conventional cancer treatment and the clinical benefits of polysaccharide immune therapy suggest that immune function has a role in breast cancer prevention. Immune therapy utilizing the polysaccharide constituents of Trametes versicolor (Tv) as concurrent adjuvant cancer therapy may be warranted as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment and secondary prevention strategy. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2845472PMC
February 2009
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Immune defects in breast cancer patients after radiotherapy.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(3):110-21

Department of Research, Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA 98028, USA.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the immune status of women with stage I-III breast cancer after receiving external beam radiotherapy (RT). Fourteen stage I-III, estrogen or progesterone receptor-positive or-negative (FER/PR +\-), postsurgical breast cancer patients undergoing a standard course of chemotherapy and radiation were studied. Complete blood counts (CBC) with differential, phagocytic activity, natural killer (NK) cell functional activity, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interferon-gamma cytokine activity were measured immediately before and for the six weeks following the completion of radiation therapy. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2845471PMC
February 2009
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Evaluation of active hexose correlated compound hepatic metabolism and potential for drug interactions with chemotherapy agents.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(3):105-9

Division of Pharmacy, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77230, USA.

Active hexose correlated compound (AHCC), a Basidiomycotina extract, is a well-tolerated nutritional supplement with no reported adverse effects. It has demonstrated potential antitumor activity and immune modulator activity. However, there is no current information regarding its metabolism and the potential for drug-drug interactions for AHCC in combination with chemotherapy. Read More

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February 2009
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Patient satisfaction with quality of life as a prognostic indicator in ovarian cancer patients treated in an integrative treatment setting.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(3):98-104

Office of Research, Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion, IL 60099, USA.

Extensive data show that quality of life (QoL) tools measuring the activities of daily life provide prognostic information in cancer. Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index (QLI) is an instrument measuring patients' satisfaction with their life. This study evaluated the association between QLI and survival in ovarian cancer. Read More

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February 2009
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Healing touch as a supportive intervention for adult acute leukemia patients: a pilot investigation of effects on distress and symptoms.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(3):89-97

Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Hematology and Oncology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1082, USA.

Background: Goals were to determine the feasibility of conducting a study of Healing Touch (HT) for acute leukemia patients and to obtain preliminary data on its effectiveness.

Methods: Forty hospitalized leukemia patients completed a brief survey of HT knowledge/experience. A prospective cohort (N = 12) was invited to participate in an HT intervention (9 30-minute sessions over 3 weeks); they completed measures of distress, symptoms, and sleep (at weeks 1 and 5), and completed single item ratings of fatigue, nausea, distress, and pain immediately pre-post selected HT sessions. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3891375PMC
February 2009
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Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba).

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J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(2):86-7

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October 2008
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Basic introduction to research: how not to do research.

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Andrew J Vickers

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(2):82-5

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021, USA.

In this didactic article, I review some prevalent "myths" about clinical research: anyone can do research; you can learn how to do research from a book or journal articles; all you need to do statistics is the right software (although Excel will also do); you can do good-quality research at your kitchen sink; and what is important is that you did your best. These myths appear to be particularly prevalent in the complementary and alternative medicine communities. They are based on a clear double standard: most clinicians would express shock and horror at the very thought that someone without appropriate clinical training and qualifications might treat a patient; meanwhile, many clinicians do research with no research qualifications whatsoever. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2590769PMC
October 2008
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Music therapy in a comprehensive cancer center.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(2):76-81

Integrative Medicine Program, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.

The use of music as a therapeutic tool in health and medicine dates back to ancient times. In modern Western medicine, music therapy has been available since the 1950s and is now often incorporated into conventional medicine care. Music therapy is a common modality that is used in hospital settings as part of complementary and integrative medicine programs. Read More

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October 2008
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Imagery intervention for recovering breast cancer patients: clinical trial of safety and efficacy.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(2):67-75

Mind Matters Research, Anchorage, AK 99507, USA.

In a phase I National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded clinical trial, 34 breast cancer survivors, six weeks to one year post-treatment, were recruited to participate in a 6-class, 8-week long imagery stress reduction program entitled "Envision the Rhythms of Life." Patients practiced imagery during and between sessions. Outcomes for quality of life and cortisol rhythm were assessed pre- to post-intervention, in two subsets of survivors (intravenous [IV] chemotherapy, or no IV chemotherapy). Read More

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October 2008
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Expressive writing as a presurgical stress management intervention for breast cancer patients.

J Soc Integr Oncol 2008 ;6(2):59-66

Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.

This study evaluated whether expressive writing (EW) was an effective stress management intervention for breast cancer patients. Women were recruited at the end of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and assigned to write about their cancer experience (EW group; n = 24) or neutral topics (neutral writing [NW] group; n = 25). Women were asked to write for 20 minutes a day for a total of four writing sessions that were completed over a 7-day period. Read More

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October 2008
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