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Acupuncture to Treat Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients

This study has been completed.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
University of Pittsburgh Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: March 27, 2008
Last verified: March 2008
This study will evaluate if acupuncture is helpful in treating cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Fatigue Procedure: acupuncture Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients

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Further study details as provided by University of Pittsburgh:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Cancer-related fatigue [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cancer-related fatigue distress [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • Quality of life [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 54
Study Start Date: September 2005
Study Completion Date: September 2007
Primary Completion Date: July 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
True acupuncture using true needles
Procedure: acupuncture
Sham Comparator: 2
sham acupuncture using sham needles
Procedure: acupuncture

Detailed Description:
Each participant will have a baseline visit before her radiation therapy begins to complete questionnaires. Participants will receive either true acupuncture or sham acupuncture twice per week for the six weeks of radiation therapy. She will have a short questionnaire at three weeks into her radiation, and she will complete questionnaires again at the end of her radiation and four weeks later.

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Localized breast cancer
  • Average to above average fatigue
  • Planning radiation therapy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of acupuncture treatment
  • Allergy to stainless steel
  • Pacemaker
  • Anticoagulant therapy
  • Known bleeding disorder
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Seizure disorder
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00177840

United States, Pennsylvania
Magee-Womens Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Judith Balk, MD MPH University of Pittsburgh
  More Information

Responsible Party: Judith Balk, University of Pittsburgh Identifier: NCT00177840     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0506139
R21CA098659-01A2 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: March 27, 2008

Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
cancer-related fatigue
breast cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on September 21, 2017