Acupuncture is effective in treating breast cancer patients for fatigue. This has been shown for the first time in a clinical trial, researchers say.
We aimed to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in patients with breast cancer.
PATIENTS AND METHODS
We conducted a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial comparing acupuncture with enhanced usual care. Three hundred two outpatients with breast cancer participated. We randomly assigned 75 patients to usual care and 227 patients to acupuncture plus usual care (random assignment of 1:3 respectively). Treatment was delivered by acupuncturists once a week for 6 weeks through needling three pairs of acupoints. Primary outcome was general fatigue at 6 weeks, measured with the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (MFI).
Two hundred forty-six of 302 patients randomly assigned provided complete data at 6 weeks. The difference in the mean General Fatigue score, between those who received the intervention and those who did not, was -3.11 (95% CI, -3.97 to -2.25; P < .001).
Acupuncture is an effective intervention for managing the symptom of CRF and improving patients’ quality of life.”
Molassiotis A, Bardy J, Finnegan-John J, Mackereth P, Ryder DW, Filshie J, Ream E, Richardson A. Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Patients With Breast Cancer: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Oct 29.
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