Non-pharmacologic integrative medicine approaches such as aromatherapy and reflexology can dramatically reduce the pain and anxiety associated with cervical radiation therapy, according to a clinical study currently underway at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).
The application is seeking approval for GARDASIL 9 to be used in women and men aged 27 to 45 years for the prevention of certain cancers and diseases caused by the nine human papillomavirus (HPV) types covered by the vaccine.
Keytruda (pembrolizumab) was granted a priority review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with advanced cervical cancer with disease progression or after chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy alone reduced the number of cancer cells by 20 percent and the blueberry extract alone by 25 percent. But when combined, the blueberry extract and radiation therapy led to a 70 percent reduction in the number of human cervical cancer cells.