With the characters of easy operation, no damage and significant therapeutic effects, non-drug intervention for cancer-related fatigue can enhance drug therapeutic effects, improve life quality, reduce the financial burden of patients as well. Non-drug interventions are recommended for treating cancer related-fatigue.
This paper reviews the effects of some non-drug interventions on cancer-induced fatigue. Non-drug interventions can improve the physical condition of patients, establish the confidence to overcome the disease, thereby reducing the severity of fatigue in cancer patients. The combination of drug treatment and non-drug intervention should be used to help patients to obtain the best therapeutic effects.
Non-drug interventions are easy operation, no damage and with significant therapeutic effects for cancer-related fatigue (CRF), which also can reduce the economic burden of cancer patients and improve the quality of life. This paper reviews the effects of non-drug interventions on CRF including exercise intervention, long distance healthy education, cognitive behavior intervention, traditional Chinese medicine intervention and emotional intervention to provide reference for clinical medical staff and relevant scholars. These non-drug intervention can enhance the therapeutic effects of conventional medicine, improve life quality and reduce the financial burden of patients with CRF. However, non-drug intervention for patients with CRF is only an adjuvant treatment method, and it can not completely replace conventional medicine treatment. The combination of conventional medicine treatment and non-drug intervention should be used to help patients with CRF to obtain the best therapeutic effects.
Moxibustion can improve cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and enhance immune function. With the advantages of simplicity, convenient, efficacy, inexpensiveness, and lack of side effects, moxibustion appeared to be efficacious auxiliary therapeutic method for CRF.
The conclusion has some limitations as there exist few but rigorous randomized controlled trials and no trials in English, they were all from China. Much more high-quality studies with adequate design and power are in need urgently to confirm the therapeutic value of moxibustion for cancer-related fatigue profoundly.
Objective: To systematically evaluate the efficacy of moxibustion in the treatment of cancer-related fatigue (CRF). Methods: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using moxibustion to treat cancer-related fatigue in Cochrane Library, PubMed, China Knowledge Network, Wanfang and VIP databases were searched. Two reviewers independently searched, reviewed the literature, extracted data, and evaluated the methodological quality. RevMan5.3 software was used for meta-analysis. Results: A total of 942 patients were included in 11 RCTs. The meta-analysis results showed that moxibustion can reduce fatigue score [MD = -2.04, 95% CI (-4.06, -0.33), P < 0.001], improve the score of quality of life QLQ-C30 [(MD = 8.44, 95% CI (1.85, 15.03), P < 0.001], also boost the number of differentiation antigen of T cells , such as CD3 [MD = 7.82, 95% CI (3.14, 12.49), P = 0.01], CD8 [MD = -3.15, 95% CI (-11.36, 5.06), P < 0.001], and the number of NK cells [MD = 5.88, 95% CI (3.56, 8.20), P = 0.01].Conclusion: Moxibustion can improve the degree of CRF, improve the quality of life and enhance immune function.
As a complementary and alternative therapy to Western analgesics, traditional Chinese medicine nursing has unique advantages in relieving pain in patient with cancer and can effectively improve quality of life.
The conventional analgesics are selected to relieve pain in patient with cancer; however, their adverse reactions seriously affect the patient’s quality of life (QOL). Traditional Chinese medicine nursing can improve clinical symptoms and QOL through massage, external treatment of Chinese herbs, auricular therapy, etc. as well as reduce the toxic side effects of analgesics, making it worthy of clinical popularization and application.
Tumor pain is common in patients with advanced cancer, 70-80 % have varying degrees of pain. Treatment of cancer pain has become a difficult issue in oncology, poor pain control often seriously affects the patients' quality of life (QOL). Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) nursing intervention can improve symptoms and QOL through massage, external treatment of TCM, and auricular therapy, which have unique curative effects such as regulating Qi (a vital force that forms part of living entity in traditional Chinese culture) and blood, stabilizing the mind, and enhancing immunity. Not only does TCM nursing intervention prevent disease but also cultivates the mind, helps achieve systemic relaxation, and reduces the pain of cancer patients and the toxic side effects of painkillers, so as to improve QOL and satisfaction, making it worthy of clinical popularization and application. At present, there is an urgent need to carry out high-quality, multi-center, large-sample randomized controlled trials and develop a standardized TCM nursing intervention implementation scheme and efficacy standards to promote its application.
Kinesio tape has the advantages of convenient use, short operation time without affecting the mobility of limb, long curative effects and less side-effects and good patient's compliance. It is a new treatment for patients with lymphedema after breast cancer surgery.
This paper analyzes the effects of Kinesio tape on breast cancer postoperative lymphedema, which will provide evidences for its clinical effects on lymphedema limbs. Kinesio tape has the advantages of short cure period, no pain, not easy to be repeated, economical, convenient and easy to operate, without any effects on limbs mobility. Kinesio taping has become a very popular treatment for several health conditions over the last decade. However, when choosing intramuscular patch to treat lymphedema after breast cancer surgery, strict screening should be carried out to prevent adverse effects caused by inferior products from aggravating diseases.
The Kinesio tape, originally developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor, was used for pain of joint and muscle. The elastic tape is capable of stretching up to 130-140% of its resting static length ensuring free mobility of the applied muscle or joint. It is claimed that Kinesio tape supports injured muscles and joints and helps relieve pain by lifting the skin and allowing improved blood and lymph flow. Therefore, Kinesio Taping has become a very popular treatment for several health conditions over the last decade. Nowadays, lymphatic drainage is a new function of Kinesio taping in the field of physical therapy. This article explores the application of Kinesio tape in breast cancer-related lymphedema in order to provide a new treatment for patients with lymphedema after breast cancer surgery.
Cancer pain is the most common and serious symptom of cancer, which seriously affects the quality of life of cancer patients. the most widely used three-step analgesia has received good effects, but the toxic side effects at the same time can be ignored. As a complementary therapy increasingly accepted around the world, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) also plays an important role in cancer pain treatment. Traditional Chinese non-drug therapy has a good effect for cancer pain. In this mini-review, the commonly used traditional Chinese non-drug therapies such as acupuncture, moxibustion, acupoint catgut embedding and injection, massage, ear point pressing with coxherb seeds therapy, traditional music therapy were introduced.
Objective: The present study aimed to analyze the association rules of Fufang Kushen injection in combination with other traditional Chinese medicine ( TCM) or modern medications in treating cervical cancer (CC) based on the electrical medical records extracted from real-world hospital information system. Methods: The clinicians’ prescriptions regarding to the combination of with TCM or modern medications were from hospital information system electronic medical data integration warehouse established by the Institute of Basic Medical Research of Chinese Medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, which integrated the hospital information system data of 22 hospitals. The association rules of the drug characteristics were analyzed through Apriori algorithm. Results: A total of 839 patients with CC were included. We found that is often combined with prescriptions which could clear heat, remove toxicity, supplement Qi. also combined with chemotherapeutic drugs, immunomodulatory drugs, 5-HT receptor blockers, and glucocorticoids. The combination presents a specific law. Conclusion: Fufang Kushen injection combined with hepatoprotective drugs, immunomodulators and glucocorticoids is often used to treat cervical cancer.
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