The first NCI grant to support the development of an international partnership to study the use of traditional Chinese medicine for cancer treatment has begun.
The venture involves researchers at M. D. Anderson and the Cancer Hospital, Fudan University (CHFU) in Shanghai, China.
A $263,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will establish the International Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Cancer, which will investigate the benefits of some traditional Chinese medicine for cancer patients.
The multidisciplinary team includes researchers from both institutions.
During the two-year pilot study, funded by the NCIís Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the center will investigate three aspects of traditional Chinese medicine:
Herbal and natural treatments that target the disease and cancer- and treatment-related symptoms
Acupuncture for dealing with some side effects of cancer treatment
Bio-behavioral effects of qigong and other mind/body-based interventions
For more information: http://www.cancerwise.org/April_2004/display.cfm?id=02425079-ADC6-425F-93908398C2DA3ADE&method=displayFull&color=red
LINK to article on TCM
Euro J Cancer Care, 9/06
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