Friday, July 26, 2019

Research Thursdays: Oncology

keywords:  research literacy, oncology acupuncture, integrative oncology, sharing related research in the field, research in integrative health; integrative survivorship, oncology and insomnia, program examples, oncology work & compassion fatigue

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Acupuncture in Oncology

Review of the "Research and Metrics Thursdays" theme from the public Facebook Page and newsletter with a focus on Oncology

At the Hospital-practice Handbook Project, we encourage practitioners to cultivate mentor-relationships and practice research literacy

This is a work in progress. last updated 10.30.2020.

Community Survey 

Oncology Acupuncture Community News
  • Journal of the American Society of Acupuncturists (JASA), formerly Meridians: JAOM, fall 2019 issue articles on oncology  added 1.3.2020
    • Clinical Pearls section query is "How Do You Treat Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Your Clinic?" p. 30 - 36
    • "Exceptional Results in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Oncology: A Focus Dryness and Heat Part One, Radiation: External Dryness" by Dr. Yair Maimon, p. 36
    • The 2019 Society for Integrative Oncology conference report by Dr. Jason Bussell, p. 40
  • New webpage from the Advocate Aurora Integrative Health program in oncology (program)
  • research--oncology and insomnia.  New paper from Memorial Sloan-Kettering on insomnia in cancer patients
    • Both cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture had clinical effectiveness in treating the severity of insomnia and had sustained benefits for 20 weeks. It was the first comparative effectiveness study for this clinical research query.
    • Sheila N Garland, Sharon X Xie, Kate DuHamel, Ting Bao, Qing Li, Frances K Barg, Sarah Song, Philip Kantoff, Philip Gehrman, Jun J Mao, Acupuncture Versus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Clinical Trial, JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
  • New* in Sept 2020, published in JACM, with information on Advocate Aurora's (Wisconsin) oncology acupuncture and massage therapy programs. "A Quality Brief of an Oncological Multisite Massage and Acupuncture Therapy Program to Improve Cancer-Related Outcomes" by Jennifer Fink, John Burns, Ana Christina Perez Moreno, Jessica J.F. Kram, Melissa Armstrong, Sara Chopp, Scott J. Maul, and Nancy Conway. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM), Sept 2020. 822-826.
Related Community Survey
  • How Do You Define Success in an Integrative Oncology Program? 
    • At this time a large % of acupuncturists working in hospitals are working in oncology programs.  
    • Goal: learn about the current standards and metrics for integrative oncology programs, focus on the work of licensed acupuncturists
    • How will this info be used? 
      • Continue discussion in the community about the following topics: using metrics in clinical care, finding relevant metrics for your work, how integrative oncology programs are being set up, maintained, and grown
      • when enough information, I will publish a blogpost summary 
      • follow up interview potential about specific programs for those interested in participating, part of the "issues in hospital practice" community webinar/interview series.  Go to this post for more about this special Project series.  

Related Interviews

Related Blogposts
More resources on Integrative Oncology Recommended by the Community
Research Articles

"Compassion fatigue is a phenomenon in which witnessing high levels of suffering and death over time may lead to reduced capacity and interest in being empathetic to the suffering of others. Not surprisingly, compassion fatigue may contribute to burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Because they deal with cancer, oncologists are particularly susceptible to this phenomenon. 
"To understand compassion fatigue, Dr. Rony Laor-Maayany surveyed 74 oncologists in Israel using the Professional Quality of Life Questionnaire (PRoQOL) and the Texas Revised Inventory of Grief (TRIG)-Present Scale. Surprisingly, they found no association between exposure to suffering and death and compassion fatigue. Rather, it was grief and sense of failure that predicted compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. Altogether, the authors suggest that the subjective experience elicited by the exposure, e.g. grief, may be more important than the exposure itself. This provides insight into potential interventions focusing on perceptions and experiences to prevent compassion fatigue and consequent burnout."

Patient-Centered Resources
More oncology resources from Dr. Wayne Jonas:
This series includes:
An Integrative Approach to Cancer Care
• Healing vs. Curing After Cancer Treatment
• How to Navigate Nutritional Information as a Cancer Patient and Beyond Treatment
• How to Build Your Stress Response Muscles During Recovery From Breast Cancer
• How to Heal After the Physical and Emotional Trauma From a Cancer Diagnosis
• Your Healing Journey: A Patient’s Guide to Integrative Breast Cancer Care
• 10 Complementary and Lifestyle Approaches to Help with Breast Cancer Care

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