A pilot study of magnetic therapy for hot flashes after breast cancer

Janet S. Carpenter, Nancy Wells, Beth Lambert, Peggy Watson, Tami Slayton, Bapsi Chak, Joseph T. Hepworth, W. Bradley Worthington

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The purpose of this randomized placebo-controlled crossover pilot study was to evaluate the effectiveness and acceptability of magnetic therapy for hot flashes among breast cancer survivors. Participants completed a 24-hour baseline hotflash monitoring session, wore the magnetic devices or placebo for 3 days, completed an after-treatment hot-flash monitoring session, experienced a 10-day washout period, and then crossed over to the opposite study arm. Magnetic devices and placebos were placed on 6 acupressure sites corresponding to hot-flash relief. Complete data were available from 11 survivors of breast cancer. Results indicated magnetic therapy was no more effective than placebo in decreasing hot-flash severity, and contrary to expectations, placebo was significantly more effective than magnets in decreasing hot-flash frequency, bother, interference with daily activities, and overall quality of life. Implications for clinical practice and future research include the need to explore alternative interventions aimed at alleviating hot flashes in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-109
Number of pages6
JournalCancer nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Breast cancer
  • Complimentary and alternative medicine
  • Hot flashes
  • Magnetic therapy
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Menopause

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)


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