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Acupuncture for Treatment of Uncontrolled Pain: A Feasibility Study

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: June 15, 2007
Last updated: January 7, 2015
Last verified: October 2013
The goal of this clinical research study is to learn if using acupuncture with or without electrical stimulation in cancer patients with high levels of pain can help to relieve the pain.

Condition Intervention
Solid Tumors
Other: Acupuncture
Behavioral: Survey

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Acupuncture for Treatment of Uncontrolled Pain: A Feasibility Study

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Patients' Reported Satisfaction with Acupuncture Services [ Time Frame: Derived from surveys completed by participating patients over 3 Years ]

Enrollment: 52
Study Start Date: June 2007
Study Completion Date: October 2013
Primary Completion Date: October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Acupuncture
Acupuncture sessions 1-3 times per week. 2 pain questionnaires + satisfaction survey completed at beginning and end of treatment.
Other: Acupuncture
Acupuncture sessions 1-3 times per week.
Behavioral: Survey
2 pain questionnaires + satisfaction survey completed at beginning and end of treatment
Other Name: questionnaire

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients, or the legal guardians of patients must have the ability to understand English, sign a written informed consent, and be willing to follow protocol requirements.
  2. ECOG Performance Status of 0, 1, or 2.
  3. Pain score >/= 4 on the on a 0-10 NRS pain scale after all efforts have been attempted in the PMC to control pain.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Local infection at or near the acupuncture site. (Although acupuncture is a minimally invasive procedure, patients will be excluded if there is an indication of infection.)
  2. Deformities that could interfere with accurate acupuncture point location.
  3. Known coagulopathy and taking any dose of warfarin (i.e., Coumadin) or heparin, including low molecular weight heparin (i.e., Lovenox). Patients may participate if they are taking Plavix, aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents.
  4. Mental incapacitation or significant emotional or psychological disorder that, in the opinion of the investigators, precludes study entry as these patients may not be able to cooperative with this slightly invasive procedure or with the data collection process.
  5. Labs: platelets <100,000 and/or WBC < 3000 on most recent report. (Note: Whether or not lab work is drawn prior to beginning the acupuncture treatment will be left to the discretion of the referring physician. Patients with platelets <100,000 may participate with written approval from the attending physician.)
  6. Planned changes in the pain medication regimen.
  7. Women who are pregnant.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00487331

United States, Texas
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Larry C. Driver, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00487331     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2006-1113
Study First Received: June 15, 2007
Last Updated: January 7, 2015

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Solid Tumors
Uncontrolled Pain
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