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Acupuncture in the Management of Post Operative Symptoms in Breast Cancer Patients

This study has been completed.
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Legacy Health System Identifier:
First received: January 8, 2007
Last updated: June 30, 2011
Last verified: May 2010
This study is for the woman who will have axillary (armpit) surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment. The purpose of this project is to evaluate if acupuncture is helpful to control pain and improve range of motion (arm movement). Another goal is to find out if women have an improvement in their quality of life. This study is being done in collaboration with the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM).

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Procedure: Acupuncture
Procedure: Sham Acupuncture
Other: Patient to receive standard care without Acupuncture or Sham Acupuncture.

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Intent to Treat, Controlled Study of the Efficacy of Verum Acupuncture Compared to Sham Acupuncture in the Management of Post Operative Symptoms in Breast Cancer Subjects That Have Undergone Axillary Surgery

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Further study details as provided by Legacy Health System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Determine the difference in pain and range of motion [ Time Frame: 3 months after surgery ]
  • Determine the difference in function [ Time Frame: 3 months after surgery ]
  • Determine the difference in quality of life [ Time Frame: 3 months after surgery ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: September 2006
Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Acupuncture Procedure: Acupuncture
6 Acupuncture visits
Sham Comparator: Sham Acupuncture Procedure: Sham Acupuncture
6 Acupuncture visits with sham procedure
Placebo Comparator: Standard of Care Other: Patient to receive standard care without Acupuncture or Sham Acupuncture.
Standard care


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Female subjects
  • Expected survival at least 6 months or greater
  • Has had surgery with axillary dissection
  • Greater than 6 nodes removed during surgery
  • Greater than 21 years of age

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous mastectomy
  • Double mastectomy at the time of current axillary surgery
  • Any diagnoses of autoimmune disease
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Unable to provide written informed consent
  • Suspected or diagnosed fibromyalgia
  • Previous shoulder injuries for the specific arm that will undergo axillary dissection
  • Known or suspected drug or alcohol abuse as determined by the investigator
  • Decreased range of motion (ROM) as evidenced on standard preoperative exam
  • Previous acupuncture (lifetime)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00419822

United States, Oregon
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97210
Sponsors and Collaborators
Legacy Health System
Principal Investigator: Nathalie Johnson, MD Legacy Health System
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Nathalie Johnson, MD, Legacy Health System Identifier: NCT00419822     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BCA-TCM-001
Study First Received: January 8, 2007
Last Updated: June 30, 2011

Keywords provided by Legacy Health System:
Range of Motion
Quality of Life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017