For so many survivors of breast cancer, the irritation of ongoing hot flashes – sometimes as often as multiple times each day – makes day-to-day life a struggle. And even though there are various treatment methods available, one surprising treatment is starting to gain acceptance: acupuncture for hot flashes following breast cancer.
In a recent study, 120 women were given a variety of treatments, reporting the frequency and intensity of their hot flashes over periods of 8, 16 and 24 weeks. Not only did acupuncture for hot flashes surpass medications in its ability to give sustainable relief, but even a “mock” version of the acupuncture scored almost as high.
Right now, it’s unclear whether acupuncture is recommended (and effective) for menopausal hot flashes. The symptoms are usually more severe in breast cancer survivors, who also do not have the alternative of hormone replacement therapy that other women may be able to use. Anyone considering acupuncture for relief from hot flashes following breast cancer should first check with her physician on whether or not it could be the best treatment option for hot flashes.
Montebello Home Care is knowledgeable and experienced in bringing relief in a full range of ways to breast cancer survivors, and anyone else who’s recuperating from an operation or experiencing difficulties from the effects of a chronic illness or aging. Just a handful of examples of how home care services can help include:
- Transitional care from hospital to home
- Assistance with personal care needs, such as bathing/showering, getting dressed, and using the toilet
- Planning and preparing healthy meals
- Medication reminders
- Safe transfers and ambulation assistance
- Household chores and laundry
- And many others
Contact the in-home care experts at Montebello Home Care, for care anytime, including caregivers in Beaumont, TX and the surrounding communities, or to schedule an assessment right in the comfort of your home. Call us any time at 409-276-7576. To learn more about all of the other areas we serve in Texas, please visit our Service Area page.