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Ear Acupuncture During Chemotherapy Infusion for Breast Cancer, a Feasibility Study

Status: Recruiting
Diagnosis: Breast: Early Stage Disease
NCT ID: NCT03170648 (View complete trial on
DFCI Protocol ID: 17-065


This research study is evaluating ear acupuncture as a possible treatment to reduce symptoms related to receiving chemotherapy.


Conducting Institutions:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Overall PI:
Weidong Lu, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Site-responsible Investigators:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Breast Cancer Nursing Team, 617-632-3478

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria: - History of histologically or cytologically proven Stage I-III breast cancer receiving intravenous chemotherapy on an every 14 days or every 21 days schedule - Age ≥ 18 years - Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1 - Signed informed consent Exclusion Criteria: - Receiving weekly chemotherapy - Unstable cardiac disease or myocardial infarction within 6 months prior to study entry - Uncontrolled seizure disorder - Pregnancy or potential pregnancy - Active clinically significant uncontrolled infection - Prior use of acupuncture within 3 months prior to the study entry - Uncontrolled major psychiatric disorders, such as major depression or psychosis - Metastatic breast or other cancer
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