Acupuncture to Improve Quality of Life in Patients With Advanced Cancer
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00070967|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 13, 2003
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2006
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Ovarian Cancer||Procedure: Acupuncture||Phase 2|
A large percentage of the practice and use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the United States is focused on cancer. Whether the CAM use is aimed at reducing one's risk of developing cancer or improving the quality of life of a cancer patient during treatment or at the end of life, the public focus on CAM and cancer has created a driving force for cancer centers to address the efficacy and science of these methods.
Currently, the majority of cancer patients do not receive adequate palliative care. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of pain and nausea and has also been shown to improve one's general well-being. Acupuncture also has some effectiveness in relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression. This study will evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture by Traditional Chinese Medicine clinicians to address the quality of life and symptoms of patients with incurable cancer.
Women with recurrent metastatic ovarian cancer and similar patients with advanced cancer who are ambulatory and receiving conventional palliative care will be enrolled in this study. Patients will continue to receive high-quality, conventional clinical interventions, including chemotherapy and pain and symptom reduction programs. Patients will also receive 8 weeks of acupuncture. Evaluation tools such as Satisfaction with Life Domains Scale for Cancer (SLDS-C), Brief Pain Inventory, and Rotterdam Symptom Check List will be used to assess the acupuncture intervention.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Enrollment :||40 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Effects of Acupuncture on Pain, Nausea, Quality of Life|
|Study Start Date :||September 2001|
|Study Completion Date :||February 2005|
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00070967
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Dana-Farber Cancer Institute|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115|
|Principal Investigator:||David S. Rosenthal, MD||Dana-Farber Cancer Institute|