New guidelines have been published to give breast cancer patients evidence-based advice on the most worthwhile and helpful complementary therapies.
Complementary medicine is intended to be used in conjunction with (not instead of) standard medical cancer treatments and includes techniques such as meditation, acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, support groups, and yoga. Research shows that up to 80 per cent of breast cancer patients use some form of complementary therapy.
New research has found that random and unpredictable DNA copying “mistakes” are responsible for nearly two-thirds of the mutations that cause cancer.
This means “environmental” influences, such as nutrition and exercise, play less of a role in many cancer cases than previously thought.
New guidelines in the UK recommend that healthy post-menopausal women with a familial risk of developing breast cancer be prescribed the medicine anastrazole in a bid to help ward off the disease.
The recommendation comes from the UK’s drug regulator, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which has just updated its familial breast cancer guidelines.