• Oral Chinese Herbal Medicine as an Adjuvant Treatment for Chemotherapy, or Radiotherapy, Induced Myelosuppression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.
  • Lim
    2018.06.11 10:49:25
Treatments :
    • Bonan Hou, Rui Liu, Zhen Qin, Dan Luo, Qi Wang, Shuiqing Huang
    • EVIDENCE-BASED COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
    • Aug 10, 2017
    • 2017:3432750.

    Abstract

    Objective: Myelosuppression is a common side effect in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has shown promise in alleviating myelosuppression.

    Method: We searched for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) from seven databases without language restriction. We included RCTs in adults, in which hematological toxicity was measured according to WHO criteria and control group underwent chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy and the treatment group was given oral CHM.

    Results: We searched 1021 articles from the date of databases inception to October 7, 2016. We selected 14 articles for the final analysis. Pooled data showed that CHM significantly decreased the suppression rate of leukocytes, neutrophils, hemoglobin, and platelets compared with the control group, particularly in grade III-IV toxicity (leukocytes: RR = 0.43, 95% CI = 0.33–0.56; neutrophils: RR = 0.39, 95% CI = 0.27–0.58; hemoglobin: RR = 0.33, 95% CI = 0.18–0.61; platelets: RR = 0.61, 95% CI = 0.39–0.95).

    Conclusions: CHM as an adjuvant can alleviate myelosuppression induced by chemotherapy or radiotherapy, reduce grade III-IV toxicity, and maintain therapeutic dose and treatment cycle. However, due to heterogeneity and publication bias, the results should be interpreted with caution and validated by conducting strictly designed multicenter RCTs of high quality and large scale.


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    doi: 10.1155/2017/3432750

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