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Acupuncture for the prevention of radiation-induced xerostomia in patients with head and neck cancer

Overview of attention for article published in Brazilian Oral Research, April 2011
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Title
Acupuncture for the prevention of radiation-induced xerostomia in patients with head and neck cancer
Published in
Brazilian Oral Research, April 2011
DOI 10.1590/s1806-83242011000200014
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Fabio do Prado Florence Braga, Celso Augusto Lemos Junior, Fabio Abreu Alves, Dante Antonio Migliari

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in minimizing the severity of radiation-induced xerostomia in patients with head and neck cancer. A total of 24 consecutive patients receiving > 5000 cGy radiotherapy (RT) involving the major salivary glands bilaterally were assigned to either the preventive acupuncture group (PA, n = 12), treated with acupuncture before and during RT, or the control group (CT, n = 12), treated with RT and not receiving acupuncture. After RT completion, clinical response was assessed in all patients by syalometry, measuring the resting (RSFR) and stimulated (SSFR) salivary flow rates, and by the visual analogue scale (VAS) regarding dry mouth-related symptoms. Statistical analyses were performed with repeated-measures using a mixed-effect modeling procedure and analysis of variance. An alpha level of 0.05 was accepted for statistical significance. Although all patients exhibited some degree of impairment in salivary gland functioning after RT, significant differences were found between the groups. Patients in the PA group showed improved salivary flow rates (RSFR, SSFR; p < 0.001) and decreased xerostomia-related symptoms (VAS, p < 0.05) compared with patients in the CT group. Although PA treatment did not prevent the oral sequelae of RT completely, it significantly minimized the severity of radiation-induced xerostomia. The results suggest that acupuncture focused in a preventive approach can be a useful therapy in the management of patients with head and neck cancer undergoing RT.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 2 3%
Unknown 74 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 17 22%
Student > Bachelor 11 14%
Researcher 9 12%
Student > Postgraduate 7 9%
Other 6 8%
Other 16 21%
Unknown 10 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 49 64%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 3%
Arts and Humanities 1 1%
Psychology 1 1%
Other 5 7%
Unknown 13 17%

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#12,551,835
of 21,425,694 outputs
Outputs from Brazilian Oral Research
#98
of 427 outputs
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#89,125
of 176,728 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Brazilian Oral Research
#1
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