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Front Med    2011, Vol. 5 Issue (2) : 127-133     DOI: 10.1007/s11684-011-0137-7
Developments in cancer prevention and treatment using traditional Chinese medicine
Hongsheng Lin(), Jie Liu, Ying Zhang
Department of Oncology, Guang’anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100053, China
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Through the joint efforts of several generations of practitioners in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and integrated medicine of oncology, we have made some achievements in cancer treatment using TCM in over 50 years, including treatment concepts, methods, and basic and clinical research. Currently, TCM plays an indispensable role in cancer prevention and treatment. However, we also clearly recognize that there are some issues that have yet to be resolved. In the future, cancer treated with TCM will face unprecedented opportunities and challenges. This article reviews the developments of TCM in the treatment of cancer.

Keywords traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)      cancer     
Corresponding Authors: Lin Hongsheng,   
Issue Date: 05 June 2011
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Hongsheng Lin,Jie Liu,Ying Zhang. Developments in cancer prevention and treatment using traditional Chinese medicine[J]. Front Med, 2011, 5(2): 127-133.
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StageKey principlesMain purposes
PrecancerousEliminate the evil factorsPrevent tumorigenesis
Cancer initial treatmentPresurgery: strengthen the body resistanceEnhance the efficacy and reduce the toxicity of conventional treatments
After-surgery: nourish Qi, promote blood circulation, detoxify
During chemotherapy: reinforce the spleen and kidneys as well as tonify the blood and Qi
During radiotherapy: nourish Qi and Yin, activate blood, and detoxify
Tumor remission or stabilizationStrengthen body resistance and eliminate the evil factorsPrevent recurrence or metastasis and disease progression, and prolong survival
Without indications of conventional treatments or End stageGood performance status: eliminate the evil factors (Quxie) and support vital Qi (Fuzheng) as supplementImprove QOL and prolong survival
Moderate performance status: Give equal stress to Fuzheng and Quxie
Poor performance status: Fuzheng and Quxie as supplement
Tab.1  TCM treatment strategies for cancer patients
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