Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Post-Chemotherapy Fatigue: A Randomized, Phase III Trial
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00200096|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 20, 2005
Last Update Posted : February 15, 2011
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Cancer||Procedure: Acupuncture and questionnaires Procedure: placebo acupuncture||Phase 3|
To determine whether acupuncture reduces chronic fatigue after chemotherapy more effectively than placebo
- To examine the long-term effects of acupuncture treatment on fatigue
- To examine predictors of response to acupuncture treatment in terms of baseline symptoms, hemoglobin, age, sex, time since chemotherapy and concurrent treatment
- To examine the effect of acupuncture on levels of physical activity and quality of life.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||101 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Official Title:||Acupuncture for the Treatment of Chronic Post-Chemotherapy Fatigue: A Randomized, Phase III Trial|
|Study Start Date :||July 2004|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||February 2011|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||February 2011|
Active Comparator: 1
Acupuncture and questionnaires
Procedure: Acupuncture and questionnaires
Acupuncture once weekly for six weeks Brief Fatigue Inventory, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Functional Assessment of Cancer Treatment scale. Patients will repeat the BFI and FACT-G at seven and eight weeks after randomization, approximately one and two weeks after their final treatment. HADS will be repeated at week seven. At the end of the study, patients will be asked to state whether they were thought they on true or placebo acupuncture and why.
On the day of the final session of acupuncture treatment (approximately day 35), blood samples will be collected and tested for hemoglobin, thyroid function tests, as described in pretreatment evaluation. The results will be designated "posttreatment" values. Actigraphic monitoring will be conducted in week seven. Patients will be asked to wear the device for seven days just like during baseline evaluation.
Sham Comparator: 2
placebo acupuncture and questionnaires
Procedure: placebo acupuncture
During the placebo phase, placebo acupuncture needles (68) will be applied a few mm away from the points. The placebo acupuncture needle is a blunt tipped needle that moves up inside its handle. However, the needle does not penetrate the skin and instead moves upward inside the handle. Needles will be applied after sterile swabbing of the skin and kept in place for 20 minutes in both group.Patients in the placebo group will be offered true acupuncture after receipt of the week seven and eight fatigue diaries.
Patients will complete the BFI, HADS and FACT-G at baseline, approximately two weeks before randomization and their first treatment. The BFI and FACT-G will be repeated after seven days, that is, one week before randomization. The use of repeat measurement decreases intrapatient variability and hence increases the precision of the baseline measure.
- To determine whether acupuncture reduces chronic fatigue after chemotherapy more effectively than placebo [ Time Frame: six weeks ]
- To examine the long-term effects of acupuncture treatment on fatigue [ Time Frame: six months ]
- To examine predictors of response to acupuncture treatment in terms of baseline symptoms, hemoglobin, age, sex, time since chemotherapy and concurrent treatment [ Time Frame: six months ]
- To examine the effect of acupuncture on levels of physical activity and quality of life. [ Time Frame: six months ]
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00200096
|United States, New Jersey|
|Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center|
|Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States|
|United States, New York|
|Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center|
|New York, New York, United States, 10021|
|Principal Investigator:||Gary Deng, MD, PhD||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|