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Acupuncture Case Series: Cancer Pain and Quality of Life

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Trial Information

Acupuncture Case Series: Cancer Pain and Quality of Life

After receiving permission from the attending physician each study participant who meets the
inclusion criteria will then undergo a physical examination and fill out several
questionnaires. Each participant will undergo one to three treatments per week for a period
of eight weeks. There will be one follow-up visit on the twelfth week. Participation in
this study is free of charge, including all exams, treatment and informational material.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Confirmed diagnosis of cancer by an MD/oncologist

- Age of 18 or older

- Baseline pain score of 3 or above on 0-10 rating scale

- In the evaluation of the treating physician or medically-qualified investigator, the
patient's pain syndrome is the result of underlying cancer or cancer treatment

- Being ambulatory

- Permission from the treating physician (MD/oncologist)

- Platelet count of 50,000 or greater

Exclusion Criteria:

- Acupuncture treatment in past four weeks

- Neutropenia defined as ANC (absolute neutrophil count) < 1000/ml

- Inability to obtain permission from the treating physician

- Unwillingness to sign informed consent form

- Involvement in litigation

- Simultaneous infection with HIV or Hepatitis C virus

- Unable to present for follow up

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

EORTC QLQ-30 Quality of Life Questionnaire for Cancer Patients

Outcome Time Frame:

Every two weeks, 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Sivarama P Vinjamury, MD, MAOM

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Southern California University of Health Sciences


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

September 2006

Completion Date:

October 2007

Related Keywords:

  • Cancer
  • Pain
  • Cancer
  • Acupuncture
  • Cancer Pain
  • Quality of life



University Health Center Pasadena, California  91104
Southern California University of Health Sciences Whittier, California  90604