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Acupuncture is effective for the management of cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and should be recommended to CRF patients - particularly for those with breast cancer and those undergoing anti-cancer treatment - according to researchers. The Chinese authors analysed data from ten RCTs including 1327 patients. Acupuncture was found to have a marked effect on fatigue in cancer patients, regardless of concurrent anti-cancer treatment, particularly among breast cancer patients. The meta-analysis also indicated that acupuncture could significantly mitigate CRF compared with sham acupuncture or usual care. Acupuncture for 20-30 minutes per session, with treatment frequency ranging from three times per week for two or three weeks, to weekly for six weeks had substantial effects on CRF. Adverse events due to acupuncture were rare and minor if reported.

Effects of acupuncture on cancer-related fatigue: a meta-analysis. Support Care Cancer. 2018 Feb;26(2):415-425.

 

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