Preoperative Relaxation Training and Acupuncture to Minimize Perioperative Symptoms in Breast Cancer Patients
Breast Neoplasms
Conditions: official terms
Breast Neoplasms
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Name: relaxation training Type: Behavioral
Name: acupuncture Type: Other
Overall Status
Breast cancer surgery is associated with presurgical psychological distress and clinically significant side effects including postsurgical pain, nausea and fatigue. A few studies have examined how to intervene to assist women undergoing breast cancer surgery. For example presurgical hypnosis has been proven to decrease side effects and even intraoperative anesthesia use. Besides the more psychologically based interventions there are a few studies suggesting positive effects of acupuncture on pain, anxiety and nausea in surgery patients.This study aims to investigate whether a presurgical relaxation training, acupuncture treatment or a combination of both therapies is able to reduce presurgical psychological distress an postsurgical side effects in breast cancer patients in comparison to usual care.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: 75 Years
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Female
Criteria: Inclusion criteria:

- clinically proven breast cancer with an indication for breast conserving surgery with max. 50% volume reduction

- physical and psychological ability to take part in relaxation training

Exclusion criteria:

- serious psychiatric disorder

- to time span to surgery shorter than 2 weeks or longer than 20 weeks
Department of Senology, Kliniken Essen-Mitte
Essen, Germany
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Silke Lange -
Start Date
November 2014
Completion Date
June 2016
Universität Duisburg-Essen
Universität Duisburg-Essen
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