Adjuvant Acupuncture Care for Breast Cancer Patients Experiencing Side Effects From Chemotherapy
Breast Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Breast Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
breast cancer, chemotherapy, adjuvant therapy, acupuncture, fatigue, Early stage breast cancer patients
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Name: Acupuncture therapy
Type: Procedure
Overall Status
Breast cancer patients report many symptoms while undergoing conventional care, including nausea/vomiting, fatigue, pain, depression and anxiety. Existing interventions to address these common side effects of treatment are limited. Patients diagnosed with cancer frequently seek complementary medicine (CAM), and there is a need to investigate potential effects of CAM therapies. This phased pilot and feasibility study has two aims:

1. Develop an acupuncture treatment protocol for adjuvant acupuncture care for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy using structured interviews with established acupuncture teams in Norway.

2. Implement the treatment protocol in a pilot study to evaluate outcome measures, effect sizes and acceptability of acupuncture care delivered alongside conventional care.

Study results will support the design of future research; including a Phase III randomised controlled trial.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Female
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Females, 18 years or older with early stage breast cancer, no previous chemotherapy and no metastatic disease

Exclusion Criteria:

- Needle phobia, use of anticoagulant drugs, inability to comply with study regimen
University Hospital of North Norway
Tromsø, Norway
Status: Recruiting
Start Date
April 2009
Completion Date
June 2014
University Hospital of North Norway
University Hospital of North Norway
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