Hot Flushes after Breast Cancer

After breast cancer treatment many women experience hot flushes and/or night sweats which can have a debilitating effect on quality-of-life and compliance to life-saving medications.

NICM in conjunction with South Western Sydney Local Health District are conducting a randomised controlled trial examining the effectiveness of a Chinese herbal medicine as a therapy to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flushes after breast cancer.

Recruitment of this trial is currently underway.


Who can join?

We are looking for participants who are:

  • Over 18 years of age.
  • Completed chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.
  • Willing to take Chinese herbal medicine.
  • Not pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Not suffering from other chronic conditions.

What's involved?

  • Attendance to a face-to-face screening session.
  • At no cost to you, undergo a:
    • blood test
    • liver test
    • renal function test.
  • Travel to a South Western Sydney Local Health District hospital.
  • Over the 28-week study trial:
    • Record in a daily diary, your hot flushes and/or night sweats
    • Fill out monthly questionnaire on your quality-of-life
    • Attend a monthly follow-up at your nominated hospital.
  • Attend a focus group at the end of the trial.

For more information please contact Dianna Porter, NICM Principal Investigator on telephone 0415 455 033 or email d.porter@westernsydney.edu.au.

Download the research flyer (PDF, 209.69 KB) (opens in a new window).

This clinical trial has been approved by South Western Sydney Local Health District Human Ethics Committee (Approval Number: HE17/013).