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Acupressure Relieves Long-Term Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

A new study finds acupressure could be a low-cost, at-home solution to a suite of persistent side effects that linger after breast cancer treatment ends.

Researchers from the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center first reported in 2016 that acupressure helped reduce fatigue in breast cancer survivors.

In the new study, published in the journal JNCI Cancer Spectrum, they looked at the impact of acupressure on symptoms that frequently accompany fatigue in this population: chronic pain, anxiety, depression and poor sleep. They found acupressure improved all of these symptoms compared with standard care.

In the study, breast cancer survivors who reported fatigue were randomized to one of two types of acupressure or to usual care, which included typical sleep-management techniques. The women were taught how to find and stimulate the acupressure points so that they could perform it at home once per day for six weeks.

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