Acupuncture to Treat Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients
This study will evaluate if acupuncture is helpful in treating cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.
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.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Single Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment
University of Pittsburgh
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00177840
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
A type of massage in which finger pressure on specific body sites is used to promote healing, relieve fatigue, etc. Although the anatomical locations are the same as the ACUPUNCTURE POINTS used in ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY (hence acu-), no needle or other acupuncture technique is employed in acupressure. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed). Shiatsu is a modern outgrowth that focuses more on prevention than healing.
Analgesia produced by the insertion of ACUPUNCTURE needles at certain ACUPUNCTURE POINTS on the body. This activates small myelinated nerve fibers in the muscle which transmit impulses to the spinal cord and then activate three centers - the spinal cord, midbrain and pituitary/hypothalamus - to produce analgesia.
Designated locations along nerves or organ meridians for inserting acupuncture needles.
Acupuncture therapy by inserting needles in the ear. It is used to control pain and for treating various ailments.
The occupational discipline of the traditional Chinese methods of ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY for treating disease by inserting needles along specific pathways or meridians.
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