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Acupuncture to Treat Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00177840
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 15, 2005
Last Update Posted : March 28, 2008
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
University of Pittsburgh

Brief Summary:
This study will evaluate if acupuncture is helpful in treating cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fatigue Procedure: acupuncture Phase 1

Detailed Description:
Each participant will have a baseline visit before her radiation therapy begins to complete questionnaires. Participants will receive either true acupuncture or sham acupuncture twice per week for the six weeks of radiation therapy. She will have a short questionnaire at three weeks into her radiation, and she will complete questionnaires again at the end of her radiation and four weeks later.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 54 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients
Study Start Date : September 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2007

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MedlinePlus related topics: Acupuncture Fatigue

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
True acupuncture using true needles
Procedure: acupuncture
Sham Comparator: 2
sham acupuncture using sham needles
Procedure: acupuncture

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cancer-related fatigue [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cancer-related fatigue distress [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  2. Quality of life [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Localized breast cancer
  • Average to above average fatigue
  • Planning radiation therapy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of acupuncture treatment
  • Allergy to stainless steel
  • Pacemaker
  • Anticoagulant therapy
  • Known bleeding disorder
  • Metastatic breast cancer
  • Seizure disorder

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00177840

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United States, Pennsylvania
Magee-Womens Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Judith Balk, MD MPH University of Pittsburgh
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Responsible Party: Judith Balk, University of Pittsburgh Identifier: NCT00177840    
Other Study ID Numbers: 0506139
R21CA098659-01A2 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: September 15, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 28, 2008
Last Verified: March 2008
Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
cancer-related fatigue
breast cancer
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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