Acupuncture Clinical Trials at Abramson Cancer Center


May 6, 2010

Acupuncture for Hot Flash Symptom Management for Breast Cancer Survivors
The Integrative Oncology researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center are studying the effectiveness of acupuncture for hot flashes among breast cancer survivors. 
Participant in this study:

  • receive treatment (acupuncture or medication) for hot flashes
  • complete questionnaires
  • receive blood draws
  • receive treatment for 8 weeks
  • complete study related follow up till 6 months
  • receive compensation for study participation
Eligible study participant must be a female breast cancer survivor with at least two hot flashes daily. 

Acupuncture for Aromatase Inhibitor Related Joint Pain Symptom Management for Breast Cancer Survivors

Integrative Oncology researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center are studying the effectiveness of acupuncture for aromatase inhibitor related joint pain among breast cancer survivors. 

Participants in this study:
  • receive acupuncture for joint pain
  • complete questionnaires
  • receive blood draws
  • treatment for 8 weeks and follow up till 3 months
  • receive compensation for study participation

Eligible study participants are female breast cancer survivors who experience joint pain related to aromatase inhibitors. 

Aromatase inhibitors include the following brand and generics:
  • Anastrozole (Arimidex)
  • Letrozole (Femara)
  • Exemestane (Aromasin)
Acupuncture is the use of hair thin needles to be placed at specific locations on the body called acupoints. The needles may occasionally be stimulated with weak electrical current or heat. There have been studies suggesting that patients receiving chemotherapy experience relief of nausea after acupuncture. There is also some evidence suggesting that patients with pain related to cancer need fewer pain medications after acupuncture. 

To learn more about these studies, please contact
Rana Leed
Clinical Research Coordinator
215-614-1528
email: leedr@uphs.upenn.edu

Studies funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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