Chinese Medicine in improving quality of life of Breast Cancer Patients

Date: May 24, 2016

Chinese Medicine in improving quality of life of Breast Cancer Patients

In recent years, breast cancer has become the No.1 cancer incidence for women in Taiwan, mainly affecting women aged between 45-60. Once one is diagnosed with cancer, it brings large impact to both their families and career. Doctor Wong from Chinese Medicine Department in Tainan Municipal An-Nan Hospital pointed out that treatment and long-term control for breast cancer are more effective than for other types of cancer, thanks to the advancement of modern medicine.

Doctor Wong pointed out that Chinese people had already gained understandings on breast cancer back in the Tang Dynasty. Up till now, there are varying treatments of breast cancer, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy. Chinese medicine complements the Western treatment by treating the side effects of cancer treatment. This includes edema after surgeryburned skin due to radiation therapy and treating nausea that was caused by chemotherapy.

Dr. Wong stated that in the annual report statistics for 2003 and 2004 health insurance database of Chinese Medicine, tamoxifen is often combined with Chinese medicine prescription. In addition, the journal of clinical oncology 2007 and 2012 stated that acupuncture in specific points helps to relieve fatigue and flushing of breast cancer patients.

Dr. Wong stressed that the breast system is related to the liver and gastrointestinal meridian system in Chinese medicine. Therefore, Chinese medicine emphasizes on improving the physiological and psychological state in breast cancer patients. Patients are encouraged to consume foods such as cauliflower, broccoli, corn, citrus fruit and avoid having royal jelly or alcohol containing food.

(Chinese Version.)