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Adjuvant Acupuncture Care for Breast Cancer Patients Experiencing Side Effects From Chemotherapy (Acubreast)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2012 by University Hospital of North Norway.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Norwegian Cancer Society
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital of North Norway Identifier:
First received: April 19, 2009
Last updated: May 11, 2012
Last verified: May 2012

Breast cancer patients report many symptoms while undergoing conventional care, including nausea/vomiting, fatigue, pain, depression and anxiety. Existing interventions to address these common side effects of treatment are limited. Patients diagnosed with cancer frequently seek complementary medicine (CAM), and there is a need to investigate potential effects of CAM therapies. This phased pilot and feasibility study has two aims:

  1. Develop an acupuncture treatment protocol for adjuvant acupuncture care for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy using structured interviews with established acupuncture teams in Norway.
  2. Implement the treatment protocol in a pilot study to evaluate outcome measures, effect sizes and acceptability of acupuncture care delivered alongside conventional care.

Study results will support the design of future research; including a Phase III randomised controlled trial.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Procedure: Acupuncture therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Adjuvant Acupuncture Care for Breast Cancer Patients Experiencing Side Effects From Chemotherapy. A Randomised Controlled Pilot and Feasibility Study

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital of North Norway:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Fatigue scale [ Time Frame: Weeks 16 and 29 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Health related quality of life: EORTC QLQ-C30, EORTC QLQ-BR23, MYCaw [ Time Frame: Weeks 16, 19 and 29 ]
  • Hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS) [ Time Frame: Weeks 16, 19 and 29 ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: April 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: acupuncture therapy
Breast cancer patients are randomised to additional 12 acupuncture treatment sessions while undergoing standard chemotherapy Control group receive standard chemotherapy alone
Procedure: Acupuncture therapy
12 acupuncture treatment sessions for a period of 16 weeks


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Females, 18 years or older with early stage breast cancer, no previous chemotherapy and no metastatic disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Needle phobia, use of anticoagulant drugs, inability to comply with study regimen
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00885183

Contact: Sameline Grimsgaard, MD, MPH, PhD +4777626000 ext 69323
Contact: Kristin I Jensen, Reg. nurse +47 77626000 ext 69212

University Hospital of North Norway Recruiting
Tromsø, Norway, No-9038
Principal Investigator: Sameline Grimsgaard, MD, MPH, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital of North Norway
Norwegian Cancer Society
Principal Investigator: Sameline Grimsgaard, MD, MPH, PhD Clinical Research Centre, University Hospital of North Norway
  More Information

Responsible Party: University Hospital of North Norway Identifier: NCT00885183     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: REK NORD 77/08
Study First Received: April 19, 2009
Last Updated: May 11, 2012

Keywords provided by University Hospital of North Norway:
breast cancer
adjuvant therapy
Early stage breast cancer patients

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on April 27, 2017