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

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).