Acupuncture for Mucositis Pain in Cancer Care

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Inadequate funding)
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Johns Hopkins University Identifier:
First received: October 24, 2007
Last updated: August 13, 2009
Last verified: August 2009

This research is being done to see if acupuncture helps relieve mucositis pain in patients with leukemia who are undergoing chemotherapy. Many patients receiving chemotherapy develop mucositis (painful sores or blisters in the mouth or throat). Mucositis is not only a frequent complication in cancer care and extremely painful, but also increases the risks of infection and malnutrition and often leads to discontinuing or delaying the chemotherapy treatments.

Condition Intervention
Procedure: Acupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Acupuncture for Mucositis Pain in Cancer Care

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Detailed Description:

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. The practice originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, and is widely used by doctors in Korea, China, Japan, and other countries to ease pain or various symptoms. In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States, and by 2002, an estimated 8.2 million adults in the US report having used acupuncture.

The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.

Acupuncture has been used to ease some cancer treatment-related side effects such as nausea and vomiting. In this study we will assess the potential usefulness of acupuncture to ease the pain associated with mucositis.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Newly diagnosed with leukemia (such as acute myelogenous leukemia) and receiving chemotherapy for induction, consolidation or re-induction or high dose preparative regimen for bone marrow transplantation in the Johns Hopkins Oncology Inpatient Services
  • Participation in standard leukemia-treatment regimens
  • Expectation of survival of three weeks for completion of the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Acupuncture treatment within the previous 6 weeks
  • Unable to achieve platelet count of at least 10,000 with platelet support
  • Radiation therapy within one month of enrollment
  • Pregnant women
  • History of substance abuse, including alcohol and IV drug users
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00549835

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Adrian S Dobs, MD MHS Johns Hopkins University
Study Director: Sanghoon Lee, KMD PhD LAc Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00549835     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NA_00008179
Study First Received: October 24, 2007
Last Updated: August 13, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Johns Hopkins University:
mucositis pain
cancer pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Mouth Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases processed this record on March 26, 2015