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Acupuncture for Shortness of Breath in Cancer Patients

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: August 25, 2003
Last updated: August 16, 2006
Last verified: August 2006
The purpose of this study is to determine whether acupuncture is effective in relieving shortness of breath among breast and lung cancer patients.

Condition Intervention
Lung Neoplasms
Breast Neoplasms
Procedure: Acupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Acupuncture for Shortness of Breath in Cancer Patients

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: November 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2003

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of local or metastatic breast or lung cancer
  • Shortness of breath with onset after cancer diagnosis
  • Life expectancy of at least 4 weeks

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior acupuncture
  • Other conditions suspected of causing shortness of breath, such as congestive heart failure, sarcoid disease, pneumonia, or obesity
  • No chest wall deformity
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Pulmonary vascular disease
  • Anemia
  • Uncontrolled pain or infection
  • Heart valve dysfunction
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00067691

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00067691     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT001029-01 
Study First Received: August 25, 2003
Last Updated: August 16, 2006
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Lung cancer
Breast cancer
Shortness of breath

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Lung Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiration Disorders
Signs and Symptoms, Respiratory
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