Title: Complementary and Integrative Health for Cancer Related Peripheral Neuropathy
Presenter: Ting Bao, MD
Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a painful, debilitating complication of neurotoxic chemotherapy that affects up to 60% of cancer patients. This condition may last from months to years, and is associated with significant pain, tingling, and numbness, as well as worsened function and quality of life (QoL). Despite growing research, management of CIPN remains a major clinical challenge. Integrative medicine refers to use non-pharmacological approaches such as acupuncture and yoga to alleviate symptoms. Integrative medicine has been used to treat a wide range of conditions experienced by cancer survivors. In this session, Dr. Bao discussed the use of integrative medicine approaches to reduce CIPN symptoms and presented their pilot trial results and introduce their ongoing clinical trials on integrative medicine and CIPN treatment.