ASCO POST featured two Penn studies in Best of Society of Integrative Oncology

December 19, 2013

The ASCO POST, a publication collaborating with American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), features two Penn Medicine studies in their listing of Best of Society of Integrative Oncology abstracts.


Mao JJ, Xie SX, Farrar JT, et al: Electro-acupuncture for aromatase inhibitor related arthralgia and co-morbid symptoms in breast cancer survivors: A randomized placebo-controlled trial. 10th International Conference of the SIO. Abstract 67. Presented October 22, 2013.

In this randomized, placebo-controlled trial, 67 postmenopausal women with breast cancer who attributed their arthralgia to taking aromatase inhibitors were assigned to 10 treatments of tailored acupuncture with 2 Hz electrostimulation via a TENS unit, a wait-list control group, or sham acupuncture with nonpenetrating needles at nontraditional acupuncture points, without electrostimulation. The investigators concluded that electro-acupuncture significantly improved aromatase inhibitor–related arthralgia as well as comorbid fatigue and sleep problems over usual care “with clinically important and durable changes.”

Physical Activity

Garland SN, Speck RM, Palmer C, et al: Association of physical activity and telomere length in breast cancer survivors. 10th International Conference of the SIO. Abstract 53. Presented October 22, 2013.

This study sought to clarify the link between physical activity and telomere length in 392 postmenopausal women with stage 0 to III breast cancer. A questionnaire was used to categorize physical activity (as none vs moderate to vigorous) and a blood sample was taken to determine telomere length. The investigators concluded, “Lack of physical activity is associated with shortened telomere length, warranting prospective investigation of the potential role of physical activity on cellular aging in breast cancer survivors.”