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Usefulness of Acupuncture in Cancer Pain and Quality of Life

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sivarama Vinjamury, Southern California University of Health Sciences Identifier:
First received: November 15, 2006
Last updated: May 28, 2013
Last verified: May 2013
The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of acupuncture on aspects of health including pain, energy level, sleep quality, activities of daily living and appetite.

Condition Intervention
Device: Acupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Acupuncture Case Series: Cancer Pain and Quality of Life

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Further study details as provided by Southern California University of Health Sciences:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • EORTC QLQ-30 Quality of Life Questionnaire for Cancer Patients [ Time Frame: Every two weeks, 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 ]
  • Visual Analogue Scale [ Time Frame: Every two weeks, 0,2,4,6,8, and 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • BDI Psychological Assessment [ Time Frame: Every two weeks, 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks ]

Enrollment: 11
Study Start Date: September 2006
Study Completion Date: October 2007
Primary Completion Date: August 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Single arm
Acupuncture treatment
Device: Acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment twice a day for eight weeks

Detailed Description:
After receiving permission from the attending physician each study participant who meets the inclusion criteria will then undergo a physical examination and fill out several questionnaires. Each participant will undergo one to three treatments per week for a period of eight weeks. There will be one follow-up visit on the twelfth week. Participation in this study is free of charge, including all exams, treatment and informational material.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Confirmed diagnosis of cancer by an MD/oncologist
  • Age of 18 or older
  • Baseline pain score of 3 or above on 0-10 rating scale
  • In the evaluation of the treating physician or medically-qualified investigator, the patient's pain syndrome is the result of underlying cancer or cancer treatment
  • Being ambulatory
  • Permission from the treating physician (MD/oncologist)
  • Platelet count of 50,000 or greater

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Acupuncture treatment in past four weeks
  • Neutropenia defined as ANC (absolute neutrophil count) < 1000/ml
  • Inability to obtain permission from the treating physician
  • Unwillingness to sign informed consent form
  • Involvement in litigation
  • Simultaneous infection with HIV or Hepatitis C virus
  • Unable to present for follow up
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00401063

United States, California
University Health Center
Pasadena, California, United States, 91104
Southern California University of Health Sciences
Whittier, California, United States, 90604
Sponsors and Collaborators
Southern California University of Health Sciences
Principal Investigator: Sivarama P Vinjamury, MD, MAOM Southern California University of Health Sciences
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Sivarama Vinjamury, Professor, Southern California University of Health Sciences Identifier: NCT00401063     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SCU-06-VINJ001
Study First Received: November 15, 2006
Last Updated: May 28, 2013

Keywords provided by Southern California University of Health Sciences:
Cancer Pain
Quality of life processed this record on April 28, 2017