Breast Cancer

Acupuncture – Reduced hot flashes in women with breast cancer

  • In 2016 the Journal of Clinical Oncology published a study in which 190 breast cancer patients received either self-care instructions (including hormonal therapy) alone or combined with acupuncture to treat climacteric syndrome (hot flashes). The 85 women in the acupuncture/self-care group saw a significantly greater reduction in hot flashes and higher quality of life scores compared to the 105 women in the self-care-only group.

Acupuncture – Breast cancer patients

  • In 2015 The American Journal of Chinese Medicine published a study which found that acupuncture was effective in reducing postoperative anxiety, tension and pain in 20 patients who had undergone breast reconstruction or mastectomy.

Cruciferous vegetables

  • In 2013 Breast published a meta-analysis of 13 studies which found that high intake of cruciferous vegetables was associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer.
  • In 2012 Annals of Oncology published a meta-analysis of select studies which found that cruciferous vegetable consumption at least once a week was linked to significantly reduced risk for many types of common cancer including oral, esophagus, colorectal, breast and kidney.

TurmericBreast Cancer Prevention

  • In 2013 the Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents published a study which found that curcumin slowed tumor growth in both early and advances stages of mammary cancer when administered to mice bred to have mammary cancer.
  • In 2005 Anticancer Research published an in vitro study which found that curcumin induces breast cancer cell death and thus may have potential in the treatment of cancer.

Wheatgrass – Reduces Chemotherapy Side Effects in breast cancer patients

  • In 2007 Nutrition and Cancer published a study in which 60 breast cancer patients on chemotherapy were given either 60 cc wheatgrass juice daily or assigned to a control group during the first 3 cycles of chemotherapy. Results showed that wheatgrass juice mitigated chemotherapy-related toxicity without diminishing its efficacy. Side effects were minor and included nausea in 6 patients.

CLA – Breast Cancer Prevention

  • In 2013 Breast Cancer Research and Treatment published a study which included women with stages I-III breast cancer in which the women took 7.5 grams of CLA per day before surgery. Results showed that 12 days of treatment with CLA lead to a reduction in the S14 gene – a gene over-expressed in mammary tumors.
  • In 2005 Experimental and Molecular Pathology published an in vitro study which showed that CLA posses properties which may inhibit the growth and spread of breast cancer cells.
  • In 2004 The Journal of Nutrition published an in vitro study in which CLA showed dose-dependent inhibition of breast cancer cell growth through its potent anti-estrogenic properties.
  • In 2016 Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica published an animal study which showed that treatment with CLA reduced chemically induced mammary tumors in female rats.
  • In 2007 Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications published an in vitro study which demonstrated that components present in CLA supplements triggered mammary cancer cell death.

Ginger – Chemotherapy-Related Nausea

  • In 2012 the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research published a double-blind clinical trial in which 80 women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy were given 1 gram of ginger or a placebo daily for 6 days, beginning 3 days before the start of chemotherapy. Ginger, accompanied by the routine antiemetic treatment, reduced chemotherapy-induced vomiting significantly more than a placebo.

Chlorella – Breast Cancer patients

  • In 2014 Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine published a study in which 36 female breast cancer patients ingested one of two chlorella preparations or a multivitamin daily for one month. Fifty percent of the chlorella group saw improved quality of life, improved dry skin and reduced fatigue.

Honey – Menopausal symptoms in breast cancer patients

  • In 2015 Molecular and Clinical Oncology published a study in which breast cancer patients experiencing menopausal symptoms were treated with either honey or a honey-pollen mixture. Sixty-eight percent of the honey group (28/41) and 70 percent of the honey-pollen group (22/31) had improvements in menopausal symptoms compared to 25 percent in a placebo group.
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