Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Dawn Lemanne

in Integrative Women's Health

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2015 | ISBN: 9780190214791
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190214821 | DOI:

Series: Weil Integrative Medicine Library

Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment

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Breast cancer prevention and treatment are aided by an integrative approach. Although breast cancer is common, most women survive the disease. Risk factors include heredity, age, circadian disruption, sedentary lifestyle, and central adiposity. The benefits of screening are controversial in younger women at average risk. Conventional treatments include surgery, radiation, and systemic cytotoxic, endocrine, and targeted therapies. The side effects of conventional therapy, such as hot flashes, cancer-related cognitive impairment or “chemo brain,” fatigue, and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, can be improved with acupuncture, herbs, supplements, yoga, hypnosis, and aerobic exercise. Dietary patterns such as fat restriction, carbohydrate restriction, and caloric restriction are under study, and dietary extremes are currently discouraged. Evidence shows that stress promotes cancer progression, and mind–body interventions that promote autonomic balance may be helpful in this regard. Heart-rate variability (HRV) feedback may help patients decrease sympathetic tone and enhance vagal tone.

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Subjects: Obstetrics and Gynaecology ; Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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