Acupuncture in Treating Hot Flashes in Women With Breast Cancer

2014-08-27 03:54:25 | BioPortfolio


RATIONALE: Acupuncture may help relieve hot flashes in women with breast cancer. It is not yet known whether acupuncture is more effective than a placebo in treating hot flashes in women with breast cancer

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying acupuncture to see how well it works compared to a placebo in treating hot flashes in women with breast cancer.




- Determine whether acupuncture, compared to placebo, reduces the incidence of hot flashes in women with breast cancer.


- Determine the long-term effects of acupuncture on hot flashes.

OUTLINE: This a randomized, placebo-controlled, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to concurrent treatment with selective estrogen receptor modulators, gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs, or aromatase inhibitors (yes vs no), concurrent use of hot flash medication or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (yes vs no), baseline hot flash frequency (> 7 per day), and menopausal status at diagnosis (premenopausal vs postmenopausal). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

- Arm I (treatment): Patients receive 8 acupuncture treatments over 4 weeks.

- Arm II (control): Patients receive 8 placebo acupuncture treatments over 4 weeks. Beginning at week 7, patients are offered 8 true acupuncture treatments over 4 weeks.

Patients in both arms complete a "hot flash" diary for 1 week before treatment and then periodically during and after treatment.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 80 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care


Breast Cancer


acupuncture therapy, hot flashes attenuation, management of therapy complications


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York
New York
United States




National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:54:25-0400

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