Barton classified hot flashes in women with breast cancer based on clinical symptoms. This can be used to help select an appropriate therapy. The author is from the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.
(1) wakings from sleep
(2) frequency of hot flashes during waking hours
(3) impact on activities
Severe to Very Severe
wakings from sleep
frequent, with sleep deprivation
frequency of hot flashes during day
> 4 but not hourly
impact on activities
interferes with work
interferes with most activities
drenching; requires change in clothes
• Assuming a 16 hour waking day, moderate hot flashes should occur 5 to 10 times per day.
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Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology