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J Korean Med. 2018;39(4): 136-157.         doi: https://doi.org/10.13048/jkm.18041
Systematic Review of Case Reports about Korean Medicine for Lung Cancer
Gajin Han1,2, Haegue Shin1, Sin Seong1, and Sungsu Kim1
1Soram Korean Medicine Hospital
2Soram Korean Medicine Research Institute
Corresponding Author: Gajin Han ,Tel: +82-70-4803-6648, Fax: +82-70-8282-7001, Email: kmdhgj@soram.kr
Received: December 7, 2018;  Revised: December 18, 2018.  Accepted: December 18, 2018.
Objectives: This systematic review aimed to put the case reports of lung cancer on Korean medicine (KM) together and adopt the results in clinical practice.
Methods: Researches were searched using the PubMed, EMBASE, OASIS, KoreanTK, KISTI, RISS, KISS, and NDSL. The search term were ‘lung cancer’ and KM. There was no restriction in year.
Results: 1. Among the 48 studies, 68 patients were reported in total. The types of lung cancer were non-small-cell lung cancer (n=41) and small-cell lung cancer (n=6). 2. The number of patients who received KM therapy alone was 40. On the other hand, 25 patients were treated with KM and chemotherapy simultaneously. All case reports used herbal medicine except 2 studies. Other types of treatment were acupuncture, moxibustion, pharmacopuncture, cupping, meditation, etc. 3. Several efficacy evaluation variables were used such as tumor size, changes of symptoms, duration of survival, the quality of life, and so on. The safety was evaluated by checking adverse effects using blood test. 4. Regarding the tumor response, partial response was reported in 12 cases, stable disease was in 22 cases, 50% of the total cases, which is a high level of tumor response. Furthermore, all 11 cases with the evaluation on the length of survival showed prolonged survival than the expectancy of corresponding stage, with the stable quality of life.
Conclusion: We have found that the applicability of KM for treatment of lung cancer through this review. Evidence based medicine can be realized by checking cases and applying them in clinical practice.
Keywords: Lung neoplasm | Medicine | Korean Traditional | Case reports | Systematic Review
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